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Publications on mandatory human rights due diligence

UK organisations calling for a law on mandatory human rights due diligence (April 2019)

What do we mean by mHRDD?

OECD Due diligence guidance for Responsible Business Conduct (OCED, 2018)

Practical support to companies – plain language explanations of its due diligence recommendations and associated provisions.

Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises (UN, 2018)

Takes stock of business and government action to advance the implementation of corporate human rights due diligence as set out in the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Tackling Modern Slavery through Human Rights Due Diligence (CORE, Anti-Slavery International, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and UNICEF, 2017)

A briefing designed to provide information for businesses reporting under the Transparency in Supply Chains clause in the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Calls for legislation mandating mHRDD

In the UK

Fixing Fashion: Clothing consumption and sustainability (Environmental Audit Committee, 2019)

Recommends that the government should change the law to require companies to perform due diligence checks across their supply chains.

Human Rights and Business 2017: Promoting responsibility and ensuring accountability  (Joint Committee on Human Rights, 2017)

Proposes that “the Government bring forward legislation to impose a duty on all companies to prevent human rights abuses…[which] would require all companies to put in place effective human rights due diligence processes (as recommended by the UN Guiding Principles), both for their subsidiaries and across their whole supply chain.”

In the EU

Towards sustainable cocoa supply chains: Regulatory options for the EU (Duncan Brack, July 2019)

Designed to inform the debate around potential European Union (EU)-wide regulation of cocoa and cocoa products, including chocolate, entering the EU market. It describes a range of options for possible action, including mandatory human rights due diligence legislation.

Strengthening corporate responsibility: the case for mandatory human rights due diligence in the EU to protect people and the planet (Client Earth and Global Witness, July 2019)

Sets out key components of due diligence legislation requiring companies to conduct checks on their investments and supply chains to identify, prevent and mitigate environmental, social and governance risks and impacts.

Progress at a national level in Europe

Comparative analysis of HRDD and corporate liability laws in Europe (ECCJ, September 2019)

Looks at aspects (such as the nature and content of the obligations, companies covered, enforcement mechanisms and impacts on access to judicial remedy) of laws and proposals in France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany.

Frequently Asked Questions about the new Dutch Child Labour Due Diligence Law (MVO Platform, July 2019)

Explains the 2019 Dutch Child Labour Law, which requires companies to conduct human rights due diligence.

Evidence for mandatory HRDD legislation (European Coalition for Corporate Justice, May 2019)

Collects key policy and legal developments in the field of mandatory human rights due diligence or parent company liability, which show the emergent trend towards legislation.

The initiative text with explanations (Swiss Coalition for Corporate Justice, 2018)

Sets out the basic elements of the Swiss legislative proposal for mandatory human rights due diligence, currently moving through the Swiss Parliament.

French Corporate Duty Of Vigilance Law: Frequently Asked Questions (ECCJ, 2017)

Explains the landmark Duty of Vigilance Law. You can also find the 2019 analysis of reports from the first year of the law here.