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Event: Moment of Truth

How a new EU law could protect people and the planet

This year the European Union published its draft of a potentially ground-breaking law that could oblige companies operating in the EU to take responsibility for human rights and environmental harms in their global value chains.

This framework for due diligence – officially called the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive – has the potential to impact the lives of local communities, many whom have confronted corporate abuse such as violent land grabs and environmental destruction.

On May 30th, join us for an online event exploring how this legislation could potentially impact Brazil, a country that has long been involved in producing goods such as leather and beef for the EU market – many of which are linked to environmental and human rights crimes. To this day, our legal systems have failed to stop this or hold those responsible to account. 

We’ll be speaking to European Union representatives and activists from Brazil campaigning for justice, to discuss how MEPs and governments can negotiate a final law that will help protect communities and hold companies to account for the harms caused through their supply chains.

Speakers: 

- Lucrezia Busa, Cabinet Member of Commissioner Reynders, EU Commission 

- Lara Wolters MEP, Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s JURI Committee

- José Batista Afonso, activist and lawyer for the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT), Brazil

- Polliane Barbosa Santos Reis, representative of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST), Brazil  

Barbara Bijelic, Regulatory and Financial Sector Lead, Responsible Business Conduct Centre

The talk will be moderated by Rachel Owens, Head of EU Office & Advocacy for Global Witness 

Date: 30 May 2022 

Time: 16:00 Brussels | 15:00 London (BST) | 11:00 Brazil 

Live interpretation will be available in Portuguese 

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