How Brussels wants to make your shopping woke

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Media Type: Article - Recent

Date of Publication: April 27

Year of Publication: 2021

Publication City: Brussels, Belgium

Publisher: Politico

Author(s): Sarah Anne Aarup, Eddy Wax

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A futuristic shopping spree shows how the EU hopes to hold companies responsible for human rights and environmental abuses throughout their supply chains.

You’re strolling down the aisles of your supermarket, and every item you see is responsibly sourced from A to Z.

You can rest assured that your Argentine steak didn’t cause deforestation, or that your zucchini were picked by farmworkers who are treated fairly.

This is Brussels’ plan, at least in theory. The European Commission is set to unveil draft legislation in June to compel all EU-based companies to take responsibility for human rights and environmental abuses throughout their supply chains — the so-called due diligence regulations. The European Parliament in a report in March said this is needed urgently because EU-based companies haven’t been active enough in preventing supply-chain abuses — only 37 percent of EU businesses conduct the proper due diligence, according to a Commission study.

But is Brussels’ idea too good to be true? Grab a cart as POLITICO takes you on a futuristic shopping spree.

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