Human rights due diligence

(credit: UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework)

This section includes general tools, guidance & examples of uses on due diligence.  For more specific information on parts of due diligence, see other categories under “Type of step taken”. 

According to the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework, human rights due diligence is: “An ongoing risk management process…in order to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for how [a company] addresses its adverse human rights impacts. It includes four key steps: assessing actual and potential human rights impacts; integrating and acting on the findings; tracking responses; and communicating about how impacts are addressed.”

1. Tools & guidance

2. Examples of implementation & uses

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1. Tools & guidance

UN Working Group guidance on human rights due diligence, Oct 2018

 

OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct, May 2018

 

Doing business with respect for human rights, Global Compact Network Netherlands, Oxfam, Shift, Nov 2016

 

UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework, Shift & Mazars, Feb 2015 (see p. 17)

 

Respecting Human Rights – Organisational Capacity Assessment Instrument, Global Compact Network Germany & twentyfifty, 2012

 

Human rights impact assessment guidance and toolbox”, Danish Institute for Human Rights, Feb 2016

  

2. Examples of implementation & uses

Below are selected examples of corporate human rights due diligence practices.  For more examples, see references to human rights due diligence on our Company Action Platform 

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26 June 2019

Paper outlines human rights based approaches to gender-responsive due diligence for business actors

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12 April 2019

Dutch supermarket Jumbo publishes new human rights & due diligence policy in response to Oxfam campaign

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"The first step is the hardest: Dutch supermarket Jumbo moves in right direction on human rights", 9 April 2019...

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29 March 2019

Call for input: EU Commission study on regulatory options for mandatory human rights due diligence

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26 March 2019

Investors representing $1.3 trillion call on govts to make human rights due diligence mandatory throughout investment lifecycle

On 25 March 2019, the Investor Alliance for Human Rights (IAHR) on behalf of a group of investors representing $1.3 trillion in assets called for enhanced investor due diligence to address environmental, social and governance risks, including human...

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19 March 2019

Interview: Co's will support EU law on due diligence but need assurances on liability, says sustainability & human rights lead for Mondelez

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19 February 2019

UK: MPs' report says fashion industry is unsustainable; Calls for govt. to introduce mandatory due diligence legislation

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22 November 2018

Commentary: European Parliamentarians want to move on human rights due diligence legislation, says ECCJ

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ECCJ [...] spoke to the Belgian federal parliament’s intergroup on Fair Trade at its annual meeting on 20 November 2018... The intergroup's members expressed interest in further discussions on possible human rights due diligence rules for Belgium.....

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30 May 2018

Report: analysis of human rights due diligence in supply chains

Author: Norton Rose Fulbright and the British Institute for International and Comparative Law

Making sense of managing human rights issues in supply chains: 2018 report and analysis, May 2018....

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28 March 2018

UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights convenes multi-stakeholder consultation on corporate human rights due diligence in practice

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The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, which is mandated by the Human Rights Council to promote worldwide dissemination and implementation of the Guiding Principles, has decided to focus its 2018 report to the UN General Assembly on...

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