Under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights companies have a responsibility to undertake human rights due diligence. However, almost half (46.2%) of the biggest companies in the world evaluated by the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark in 2020 failed to show any evidence of identifying or mitigating human rights issues in their supply chains.
There is more and more understanding that the smart mix prescribed by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights means that there needs to be legislation in order to reach the stated aims.Heidi Hautala, Vice-President of European Parliament
There is growing momentum worldwide among governments to require companies to undertake human rights due diligence from the French Duty of Vigilance Law to child labour due diligence legislation in the Netherlands. Civil society across the world is seizing the opportunity for more robust requirements on companies. Major investors and companies are also speaking out in favour of such legislation.
This portal collects the latest news on mandatory human rights due diligence, national and regional developments, public company statements in support of mandatory human rights due diligence, guidance for companies and governments, and examples of company implementation of human rights due diligence. It also hosts a blog series where experts from civil society, governments and business discuss what mandatory human rights due diligence could mean for advancing human rights in business.
Towards EU Mandatory Due Diligence Legislation: Perspectives from Business, Public Sector, Academia and Civil Society
Voices from around the globe explore what meaningful EU mandatory due diligence and corporate accountability legislation should look like, in this Resource Centre collation of perspectives.
Mandatory due diligence is a great chance to advance global safeguards for human rights defenders, UN expert says
The EU legislative initiative on mandatory due diligence "must include safeguards for human rights defenders", said Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders in a statement.
More than 50 companies call for German draft due diligence law to be strengthened in Parliament
English translation of the original German statement, which was published in April 2021. The German Parliament’s lower chamber adopted the final law on 11 June and it was approved by the upper chamber on 25 June.
Companies and investors in support of mandatory human rights due diligence
Businesses, associations and investors with statements in support of human rights due diligence legislation
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German companies call for mandatory due diligence