Training date

16/03/2023 - 17/03/2023
(10:00 - 12:30 - CET, Brussels time)

Deadline for registration
Leuven, Belgium

Recent months saw the promises of a better application of workers’ fundamental rights in the global value chains of multinational companies operating in the EU. On 23 February 2022, the Commission published its proposal for a Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence (‘CSDDD’). Not more than a year later, on 5 January 2023, the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (‘CSRD’) came into force, both bringing the hope to be a gamechanger for trade union influence over corporate social responsibility practices. Both directives seek to strengthen the rules on the way companies actually address risks to social rights.  

Aims of the course

The general aim of this practical training course is to reflect together on opportunities and risks for EWCs and SE-WCs and what they may expect from the new frameworks. We will reflect more closely via the lenses of the CSRD and CSDD, discussing how workers’ representatives can use information from sustainability reports and get an active role in their conception as well as in due diligence plans and the strategy that they should be pursuing.

  • To learn where to look for the EWC-relevant information contained in sustainability reports.
  • To discuss the importance of human rights due diligence.
  • To debate EWCs role in the preparation of sustainability reports and due diligence plans.
  • To raise awareness about the ongoing and upcoming changes in EU legislation related to these topics.

Working languages

English and French (if another language is requested we can organise a third language).


Please find attached the programme.

Participants’ profile

EWC and SE-WC delegates, select committee members, SNB members, trade unionists supporting EWCs, EWC trainers.

Should you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the education officer or administrative assistant running the course (see the information panel to the right for their names, which will lead you to a contact form).