Requiring due diligence by companies

1. Tools & guidance
2. Examples of implementation & uses

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1. Tools & guidance

"Human Rights Due Diligence - Policy measures for effective implementation"
CIDSE, Sep 2013
See Recommendation 3 on p.7

Govts. (general): Database of Due Diligence Regulations, Human Rights Due Diligence Project (Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable, European Coalition for Corporate Justice, Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability), Apr 2013

Govts. (general): “Human Rights Due Diligence – The Role of States”, Professor Olivier De Schutter, Professor Anita Ramasastry, Mark B. Taylor, Robert C. Thompson, commissioned by International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ), the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA), 3 Dec 2012
- update of report, Nov 2013


2. Examples of implementation & uses

"State of Play: Human Rights within the Political Economies of States – Avenues for Application", Institute for Human Rights and Business, 1 Apr 2014
See Chapter 3

Germany: "Civil Society Position Paper on Business and Human Rights - Expectations of a National Action Plan", CorA-Netzwerk für Unternehmensverantwortung, Forum Menschenrechte, Amnesty International Deutschland, Brot für die Welt – Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Germanwatch, Misereor, Oxfam Deutschland, ver.di, Apr 2013
See p.14

USA: Diplomatic note cites examples of govt. practices related to business & human rights, 5 Dec 2012 

Netherlands: ”Contribution by the government of the Netherlands to the renewed EU-strategy for CSR”, Govt. of the Netherlands, Jul 2012

Australia: "Business and Human Rights Framework: The Australian Response", report from workshop hosted by Univ. of Melbourne School of Social and Political Sciences, Centre for Employment & Labour Relations Law at Melbourne Law School, Australian Institute of Employment Rights, 28 Nov 2011

Netherlands: "Motie van het lid Peters C.S." [original in Dutch], Peters, Timmermans, Hachchi, Van Bommel, Dutch Parliament, 28 Jun 2011
On 30 June, the Dutch parliament passed a motion requesting the government to provide a plan on how it intends to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.  Motion only available in Dutch.

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[PDF] MOTIE VAN HET LID PETERS C.S. [Original in Dutch]

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[PDF] Report: "Human Rights Due Diligence - The Role of States"

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[PDF] Diplomatic note

Author: Permanent Mission of the Unites States of America to the UN in Geneva

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[PDF] Human Rights Due Diligence - Policy measures for effective implementation

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Human Rights Due Diligence: 2013 Update

Author: Mark B. Taylor, for International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR)

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