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Corporate governance

Corporate governance touches the very core of how companies are organised and how they relate to their key stakeholders and the outside world. Europe should aim at a corporate governance framework that allows capital markets to remain an attractive way for companies to access finance. Being listed should be a catalyst to creation of growth and jobs.

One-size-fits-all legislation is incompatible with the diversity and richness of corporate governance systems. These are the product of a long process of fine tuning and balance reached between legislation and self-regulation.

BusinessEurope seeks to promote good corporate governance through the exchange of best practices and increased transparency through a better application of national codes of corporate governance.


Press releases Date
EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive: BusinessEurope reacts to the Council adoption 24/05/2024
Agreement on EU due diligence: still far from a workable solution 15/03/2024
EU due diligence could leave companies between a rock and a hard place 12/12/2023
EU’s due diligence rules must be workable for companies and must not weaken the internal market 07/09/2023
EP vote on the corporate sustainability due diligence directive: The European Parliament failed to deliver workable due diligence rules 01/06/2023
EU companies need workable rules on corporate due diligence 23/02/2022
Position papers Date
Multiple-vote share structures proposal - a BusinessEurope statement 22/08/2023
Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CS3D) - Joint business statement 25/05/2023
Proposal for a Directive on corporate sustainability due diligence (CSDD) - BusinessEurope comments 31/05/2022
Sustainable corporate governance - BusinessEurope's main messages 09/06/2021
Due diligence - BusinessEurope's main messages 09/06/2021
Sustainable corporate governance and due diligence - BusinessEurope reply to the European Commission public consultation 04/02/2021
Legal affairs strategy for the next political cycle 01/10/2019
The EU proposal on whistleblower protection - Comments 10/07/2018
EU company law upgraded - Reply to the European Commission consultation 26/07/2017
Public letters Date
Upcoming sustainable corporate governance initiative - Letter to Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission 01/02/2022
Upcoming sustainable corporate governance package: impact assessment concerns - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Maroš Šefčovič 30/04/2021
Vote on draft report on corporate due diligence and corporate accountability - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee 21/01/2021
Due diligence and sustainable corporate governance - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Didier Reynders 13/10/2020
Last updated: 4 July 2016