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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, almost half (46.2%) of the biggest companies in the world evaluated by the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark in 2020 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 companies and governments, and assessments 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.

Featured contents

Towards EU Mandatory Due Diligence Legislation: Perspectives from Business, Public Sector, Academia and Civil Society

Voices from around the globe explore what meaningful EU mandatory due diligence and corporate accountability legislation should look like, in this Resource Centre collation of perspectives.

John Ruggie delivers keynote speech on corporate due diligence & liability

The 'reach' of due diligence duty encompasses all "salient human rights risks, no matter where. If your human rights due diligence process turns up a risk, whether in the 12th layer or the 2nd, that is where you go", writes John Ruggie.

UN Global Compact announces support for mandatory human rights due diligence

“Relying solely on voluntary measures simply will not get us where we need to be,” CEO and Executive Director Sanda Ojiambo said in a speech at the 9th Annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights.

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

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