Exposing corporate opacity
However, this law only applies to companies whose number of employees, including in their subsidiaries, exceeds a certain threshold: 5,000 employees in France or 10,000 worldwide. Over the past three years, members of parliament, NGOs, trade unions and the media have made numerous requests to find out which French companies meet these thresholds. To date, however, no official list has been published. Furthermore, the government has not put in place any monitoring mechanism to ensure that these companies meet their legal obligations.
The duty of vigilance radar, a civil society tool
In the absence of any public monitoring, CCFD-Terre Solidaire and Sherpa, with the help of Datactivist, set up in June 2019 a civil society tool. This tool, the Duty of Vigilance Radar, is available online at vigilance-plan.org
The 2020 Edition : 265 companies listed, 72 without any identified vigilance plan
Based on public and financial reference databases (Infogreffe, Sirene, Orbis) and by studying the available financial statements of certain non-transparent companies not included in these databases, we have now identified 265 companies that would be subject to the duty of vigilance. According to our research, 72 of these companies, i.e. 27%, have not published any vigilance plan over the last three years despite their legal obligation to do so. Among them are giants of the French economy such as McDonald’s France, Yves Rocher, Avril, Castorama, EuroDisney, Bigard, France Télévisions, KPMG, Picard…
State aids must be made conditional on the publication of a vigilance plan
Today, French MEPS are expected to debate on the Projet de Loi de Finance Rectificative. We ask that State aids paid to large companies be made conditional on the publication of a vigilance plan in compliance with legal requirements. The companies concerned must also effectively implement the measures published in their vigilance plan in order to identify risks and prevent serious harm that may occur in their value chains.