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Discussions around corporate human rights regulation in Norway

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3 December 2019

Norway: Govt.-appointed committee proposes human rights transparency and due diligence regulation

Author: Etikkinformasjonsutvalget

[draft translation of the Committee's Norwegian report in excerpts - full and official version will be added once available]

"Report from the Ethics Information Committee, appointed by the Norwegian government on June 1, 2018", 28 Nov 2019

The Committee hereby recommends an Act regulating the right to know, enterprises transparency about supply chains and due diligence with respect to human rights and decent work...

...At the outset, the government currently expects all Norwegian companies to act responsibly... Many businesses have pursued these expectations. Experience nevertheless shows that [m]andatory legislation is necessary...

For all businesses, the Committee proposes an obligation to respond to specific enquiries for information. [A]ll businesses will have a duty to know about human rights issues in the company and in the supply chain...

For large undertakings, the draft Act requires due diligence with respect to human rights and decent work, and requirements to disclose the key findings thereof. This comes in addition to the duty to respond to specific enquiries...

...Moreover, for businesses that sell goods to consumers, the Act proposes a duty to publish the manufacturing sites of such goods...

The translation of the draft act can be found on pages 5 to 9 in the PDF linked below.

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Article
17 January 2019

Forum for Development & Environment's input to parliament's Justice Committee on a human rights act for business

Author: Norwegian Forum for Development and Environment

Input to the Parliament's Justice Committee: We need a human rights law for business and industry. Oslo, 17.01.2019 [Norwegian only]

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Article
31 August 2018

Norwegian govt. appoints Ethics Information Committee

Author: Etikkinformasjonsutvalget

'Purpose'

...The Committee shall examine whether it is possible and advisable to require businesses to disclose information to consumers and organisations about production sites used in manufacturing, responsible business conduct and supply chain management. The Committee shall also assess the consequences of a potential disclosure requirement.

If the committee finds that such legislation is feasible and advisable, the committee shall propose its’ scope and how the duty to disclose information should be enforced.

The government established the Ethics Information Committee based on two petition resolutions where the Parliament requests the government to assess an ethics information obligation.

The Committee started working in August 2018, and will submit its report to the government by December 1, 2019.

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