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2019 was the year #HumanRights due diligence came of age

22/12/19 - Phil Bloomer, BHRRC, and Dr Bärbel Kofler, German Federal Human Rights Commissioner

photo credit: EU Reporter

BHRRC's Phil Bloomer and Dr Bärbel Kofler, German Federal Human Rights Commissioner, on why the EU's leadership on mandatory due diligence is needed in 2020

This blog is part of a series 'Towards Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence'.

“The market economy and human rights are the shared values of the European Union” said Timo Harakka, Finland’s Minister of Employment, at the Finnish EU Presidency’s Conference on 2nd December 2019.

Yet Business as usual has led us to the impasse we are now in: where climate change and chauvinist nationalisms, helped by collapse of public trust in global markets, are not just ‘unsustainable’ but present an existential threat to our planet and our most dearly-held values. The urgent challenge now is the reform of Europe’s market economy to deliver human rights at home and throughout our global supply chains, and in the face of one of the greatest threats to human rights – rapid climate breakdown.

Read the rest at EU Reporter