The EESC issues between 160 and 190 opinions and information reports a year.
It also organises several annual initiatives and events with a focus on civil society and citizens’ participation such as the Civil Society Prize, the Civil Society Days, the Your Europe, Your Say youth plenary and the ECI Day.
The EESC brings together representatives from all areas of organised civil society, who give their independent advice on EU policies and legislation. The EESC's326 Members are organised into three groups: Employers, Workers and Various Interests.
The EESC has six sections, specialising in concrete topics of relevance to the citizens of the European Union, ranging from social to economic affairs, energy, environment, external relations or the internal market.
Affirms that it is time for the European Commission to act and propose legislation to the Member States and the European Parliament on mandatory due diligence that acknowledges responsibility based on current standards and offers a clear and secure legal framework for European businesses;
Believes that due diligence obligations should cover most notably environmental impacts. They should be considered of great importance for sustainable business conduct and be a high priority in global value chains;
Considers that a mandatory due diligence framework would be realised by an agreed standard that is enforced by proportionate, effective and dissuasive sanctions, whereas liability would have to be based on the violation of a clearly defined set of Human Rights;
Stresses that the following quality standards must be ensured in a binding legislative initiative:
clear definitions and comprehensible language;
ensuring legal certainty and practicability in particular on the applicable law, proportionate reporting requirements respecting legitimate businesses secrecy.