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Law on the duty of vigilance: Frequently Asked Questions

France is the very first country with a mandatory regulation for companies, establishing legal obligations to ensure respect of human rights and environments throughout their activities and business relationships. After a legislative saga, the French National Assembly finally adopted the law on the Duty of Vigilance the 21th of February 2017.

The nine FAQs provide an exhaustive overview on the scope of the law, companies and obligation covered, legal mechanisms and sanctions linked.

Our FAQ is available in three versions: English, French and Spanish.


Last modified: 4 June 2020