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The law is considered one of the strongest of its kind globally, and sets a high standard for corporate social responsibility and environmental protection.
Under the Duty of Vigilance Act, companies must adopt a vigilance plan to prevent or mitigate the risks of serious harm to human rights and the environment. The plan must outline the measures the company will take to monitor its business activities, ensure compliance with ethical and environmental standards, and prevent harm.
This means that even if a company operates primarily outside of France, it may still be subject to the requirements of the law if it meets the size criteria.
Parent companies are held accountable if damage is caused due to insufficient preparation in implementing an adequate plan and could face civil liability if damage occurs.
Companies that fail to comply with their due diligence obligations under the Duty of Vigilance Act are subject to sanctions and are liable for damages caused by an improperly prepared and monitored vigilance plan, even if these damages are directly caused by third parties.
Companies must conduct thorough due diligence on their activities and those of their subsidiaries, suppliers, and service providers to identify and assess the potential risks of serious harm to human rights and the environment. This includes reviewing their practices, policies, and procedures, and conducting regular monitoring and audits.
FRDM risk maps your supply chain from your tier one direct suppliers all the way up to nth tier suppliers and risk. Assessments of supplier policies and procedures can be surveyed for free with no burden to the supplier.
Companies must adopt a vigilance plan that outlines the measures they will take to prevent or mitigate the risks of serious harm to human rights and the environment. The plan must be updated annually and made publicly available. The plan must also be communicated to stakeholders, including employees, suppliers, and the general public.
FRDM is a core element to Vigilance Plans of some of the largest companies in the world. Our reporting tools allow for easy access to progress made year over year.
Companies must report annually on the implementation of their vigilance plan and the measures taken to prevent or mitigate the risks of serious harm to human rights and the environment. If harm does occur, companies must take appropriate remedial action to address the issue and prevent it from happening again in the future.
All actions and progress gets archived FRDM on for each supplier in your supply chain.
Companies are required to establish a committee which is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the law and advising companies on their vigilance plans.
FRDM can support your Vigilance Committee with easy access to the platform and quarterly reports.