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Emma Sawatzky

Emma Sawatzky is an associate in the BHR, ESG, and Employment Practice Groups. Emma advises clients on a number of BHR-related matters, including: modern slavery statements; BHR-related investigations; human rights-related OECD proceedings; supply chain due diligence frameworks, human rights policies, supplier risk assessments, and supply chain tracing exercises. She has experience providing tailored advice to clients on ESG and BHR legal and regulatory developments in the UK, EU, and the MENA region.

Emma is a member of the firm’s Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Committee.

In the early hours of December 14, 2023, the Council of the EU (“Council”) and the European Parliament (“Parliament”) reached a provisional political agreement on the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (“CSDDD”). Described as a “historic breakthrough” by Lara Wolters, who has led this file for the Parliament, the CSDDD will require many companies in the EU and beyond to conduct environmental and human rights due diligence on their global operations and value chain, and oblige them to adopt a transition plan for climate change mitigation.

Given the CSDDD’s relevance for companies’ ongoing compliance planning on environmental and human rights matters, this blog aims to advise clients on the basic elements of the CSDDD agreement based on press releases from the Council, Parliament, and the European Commission (“Commission”), even if much uncertainty remains. Although a political agreement has been reached, the text of the agreement is not publicly available and a number of details of the legal text will need to be finalized in follow-up technical meetings. Covington will publish a more detailed alert on “how to prepare” for the CSDDD once the full text is available (likely in early 2024).Continue Reading Provisional Agreement on the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD): Key Elements of the Deal