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Mandatory Due Diligence

The growing worldwide movement to legally require companies to undertake human rights due diligence.

Under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights companies have a responsibility to undertake human rights due diligence. However, 49% of the biggest companies in the world evaluated by the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark in 2019 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 are also speaking out in favour of such legislation.

This portal collects the latest news on mandatory human rights due diligence, national and regional developments, public company statements in support of mandatory human rights due diligence, 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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EU Commission commits to legislation on mandatory due diligence for companies

European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders announces that the Commission commits to introducing rules for mandatory corporate environmental and human rights due diligence.

Companies and investors in support of mandatory human rights due diligence

Businesses, associations and investors with statements in support of human rights due diligence legislation

Landmark report on 1,000 European companies shows the need for human rights due diligence laws

Reporting requirements aren't enough - we need mandatory due diligence laws in order to eradicate abuse

Interview: The investor case for mandatory human rights due diligence

BHRRC speaks to Sara Blackwell from the Investor Alliance for Human Rights and Lauren Compere from Boston Asset Management about why investors are supporting mandatory due diligence.

Latest on the Proposed Binding Treaty on business and human rights

Find out more about the steps to elaborate an international legally binding instrument to regulate the activities of businesses.

Our responsibility in a globalised world

German companies call for mandatory due diligence