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10 Dec 2023

Taiwan Transnational Corporations Watch (TTNC Watch) Environmental Rights Foundation Taiwan Association for Human Rights Environmental Jurists Association Covenants Watch Korea Transnational Corporations Watch (KTNC Watch) Chang Fo-chuan Center for the Study of Human Rights Human Rights Program, Soochow University Taiwan Labor Front Human Rights Now Youth Labor Union 95 Taiwan Laborers Association Clean Clothes Campaign East Asia Coalition

Civil society & union groups in Japan, Korea, Taiwan call for urgent legislation of mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence laws

"Civil society calls on Japan, Korea, Taiwan’s transnational corporations and governments to urgently take action and adopt BHR legislation to end corporate abuses and achieve sustainability for future generations," 10 December 2023


Corporations from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan play important roles in global supply chains and bear the responsibility to respect human rights and the environment throughout their operations. However, corporations from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan have failed to implement their responsibility by outsourcing human rights and environmental risks in their supply chains.


We, the undersigned organisations and trade unions, urge corporations from Japan, South and Taiwan to prevent and address human rights and environmental risks in their supply chains, especially occuring transnationally. We also urge the governments and lawmakers of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan to adopt necessary laws and policies and to hold corporations accountable for their transnational human rights violations and environmental destruction in their home countries.


We call on our governments and lawmakers to seize this opportunity by urgently adopting a mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence (mHREDD) law that is feasible and effective. Governments and lawmakers must also consider other BHR-related measures that are complementary and ensure the implementation of human rights and environmental due diligence, such as by incorporating human rights and sustainability provisions in trade and investment agreements, utilising the strength of public procurements, etc