Campaign for mandatory human rights due diligence in Finland

In September 2018, a coalition of over 70 civil society organisations, companies and trade unions, coordinated by Finnwatch, launched the campaign #Ykkösketjuun calling for mandatory human rights due diligence legislation in Finland. The campaign now counts over 140 companies and organisations.

More information is available below, as well as on the campaign's website here.

In June 2019, the new Government in its programme committed to mandatory HRDD legislation at national and EU level. More information is available here.

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24 September 2018

Finland: Co's, civil society & trade unions launch campaign calling for mandatory human rights due diligence

Author: Finnwatch via European Coalition for Corporate Justice

More than 70 companies, civil society organisations and trade unions are calling for a Finnish law on mandatory human rights due diligence. The campaign reminds politicians that Finland is being left behind in the global trend towards binding regulation on business and human rights... Such a law would be based on the concept of human rights due diligence defined in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The responsibility for monitoring value chains should be shifted from customers to companies themselves... The #ykkösketjuun campaign calls for the law on mandatory human rights due diligence to be included in the legislative agenda of Finland’s next governmentHuman rights are a big deal and advancing them through binding regulation benefits everyone. Common rules on human rights create a fair operating environment for companies,” says Fazer Group’s Director on Corporate Responsibility Nina Elomaa... “Binding regulation on corporate responsibility would also increase the competitiveness of Finnish labour,” reminds Jarkko Eloranta, President of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAK. [also refers to Kotipizza Group]

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