Thursday, 12 May 2022
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
164. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment further to Parliamentary Question No. 217 of 26 April 2022, the process of engagement that is taking place in more detail; and the process and timeline for the public consultation. [23925/22]
Following the publication of the proposal for a Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence in February, my Department has been engaging at EU working party level to clarify the practical implications for stakeholders. This process is ongoing and given the complexity of the issues being addressed, subsequent negotiations on the proposal at EU level may well continue through the remainder of this year and into 2023.
I support the objective of the proposed Directive to promote responsible business conduct and I will seek to ensure that the proposal strikes the right balance by providing effective protections whilst ensuring that the measures to be implemented by companies are clear, proportionate and enforceable.
I look forward to hearing the views of all those with an interest in the proposal. In this regard, I have recently met with the Irish Coalition for Business and Human Rights and my officials have also met with key stakeholders including representatives of business and civil society organisations. I intend to have further engagement with stakeholders over the coming months and will also launch a public consultation to help inform our position on the proposal.