The Other End of the Chain: The Prospect of HREDD Legislation and its Impact on Producing Countries


Date: 21 February 2022
Timing : 11.00 - 12.15 CET
Location : Online

It was in April 2020 that Didier Reynders, the EU Commissioner for Justice announced the EU would introduce legislation compelling companies that operate in the EU to conduct human rights and environmental due diligence.

This announcement came amid a growing number of countries passing legislation to translate responsible business conduct expectations into hard laws, the latest example of which is Germany.

But while many of those laws are yet to become effective, they are already having an impact on global trade today. Producing countries are gearing up with their commitments to the United Nation’s Guiding Principles. This is the case of South-East Asia, the primary sourcing region for the garment and footwear sector. National Action Plans have already been developed by Japan, Thailand and Pakistan whilst countries such as India have a draft in progress.

The session will explore the repercussions EU HREDD legislation could have on global trade, and the supply chain preparedness of producer countries. How are business partners / producers gearing up to the challenge / getting prepared / remaining competitive? What is the role for capacity building and awareness raising?

As the scale and scope of business-related human rights issues gains wider attention, there is seemingly more at stake, including the direction of international trade and investment policy.


Guest speakers

  • European Commission – Carsten Sorensen, Deputy Head of Unit, BIO
  • UNECE – Elisabeth Tuerk, Director, Economic Cooperation and Trade, BIO
  • Confederation of Indian Industry – Pranav Kumar, Head International Trade Policy Division, Bio
  • Partners in Change – Viraf Mehta, Advisor, BIO
  • Isa-Traesko - Juliane Michel, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Bio


  • Natasha Majumdar, amfori Network Representative, India, BIO

For more information, please contact Natasha Majumdar - amfori Network Representative, India.