The EU’s sustainability regulations and requirements you should know about by now

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In the last few years the EU and sustainability have become close companions, and so it is more important than ever for companies to keep track of all current requirements and regulations.  

Anyone involved with sustainability might know how overwhelming these responsibilities can become in the blink of an eye; and the EU is not shy to make this a reality for many. 

New regulations and requirements surrounding corporate sustainability continue to flourish, and so it has become crucial and quite helpful to stay up to date with current and upcoming regulatory trends. 

That being said, here is an overview of what organizations need to know and keep an eye on for this year regarding corporate sustainability regulations. 

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The EU's current sustainability regulations and requirements you need to know about

Yes, indeed, it can be overwhelming and at times confusing to think about the many directives, rules or reporting requirements the EU has published in the last year, and of course, all the acronyms that come with them, but we’ll try to keep it simple.

Let’s begin with the main EU sustainability laws and regulations for 2024:



The EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFRD) requires EU financial firms, advisors, and other providers of financial products to transparently and accurately communicate and address the sustainability risks and data underlying their investments.

The EU’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive requires companies to track and report their ESG activities using metrics defined by EFRAG, this is, the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group; the latter metrics are known as the European Sustainability Reporting Standards. 

EU Taxonomy

The EU taxonomy for sustainable activities can best be described as a classification system, as the name itself suggests. This taxonomy establishes a list of what constitutes an environmentally sustainable economic activity, providing companies, investors and regulators alike with clear definitions on the matter. 

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Supply chain due diligence

Also known as the CSDDD, aka the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive, it aims to foster sustainable and responsible corporate actions and behaviors throughout the entirety of the value and supply chain.

This highly ambitious directive puts the focus on transforming the European market by looking beyond its own borders, and understanding that the social and environmental impact in supply chains needs closer attention. 

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