Human Rights Due Diligence Trends Globally

20-09-2019

Read an overview of recent developments and discussions pertaining to human rights due diligence from around the globe. More country-specific coverage is available on our Network Hub.

EU

Just a few weeks before handing over the helm of the Presidency of the Council to Croatia, the Finnish Presidency will be hosting a conference on “Business and Human Rights: Towards a Common Agenda for Action” in Brussels on 2 December 2019.

The Conference will bring together representatives from EU Member States, key EU institutions, business and civil society to discuss how to accelerate the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles at Member State and EU level.

With Professor John Ruggie as a keynote speaker, the event will feature the release of an Agenda for Action aimed at giving further momentum to the EU’s actions on business and human rights.

Germany

A coalition of 64 NGOs and trade unions in Germany recently launched a Supply Chains Law Campaign urging the German government to put forward a law by 2020 mandating German companies to uphold human rights and environmental standards globally.

The initiative was announced on the day of the 7th anniversary of the fire that spread across Ali enterprises garment factory in Pakistan. 

Germany also saw the launch of the Green Button initiative, a meta-label for textiles meant to be issued to those eligible companies that show a certain level of human rights and environmental due diligence.

Switzerland

At the beginning of September, the Legal Affairs Committee of the Swiss Council of States concluded the detailed content discussion of the indirect counterproposal to the Responsible Business Initiative. In terms of next steps, the Council of States is expected to further discuss the matter and take a final decision at its meeting on 26 September.

USA

On 10 July 2019 a discussion draft of the Corporate Human Rights Risk Assessment, Prevention, and Mitigation Act of 2019 was introduced in the US House of Representatives. The bill, if and when it becomes law, would require publicly listed companies that issue an annual report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to provide critical information regarding their human rights risks and impacts to investors and consumers on an annual basis.

Canada

The Government of Canada recently consulted stakeholders on possible measures to address labour exploitation in global supply chains. The consultation’s results will be used to inform any future supply chain legislations or policy initiatives in Canada.

amfori’s activities

On top of the amfori services and tools that help members throughout their due diligence journey, amfori is developing a policy position paper on human rights due diligence.  A draft of it is planned to be shared soon with amfori’s members for consultation.

A dedicated roundtable on human rights due diligence will be organized in the course of next year as part of a series of events addressing key policy areas featured in the amfori EU Agenda 2024.

 

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