Mandatory Due Diligence
Under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights companies have a responsibility to undertake human rights due diligence. However, 40% of the biggest companies in the world evaluated by the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark in 2018 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 also speaking out in favour of such legislation.
This portal collects the latest news on mandatory human rights due diligence, national and regional developments, guidance for 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.
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Author: Tribune de Genève
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