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Webinar on "Human rights due diligence (HRDD) and responsible business conduct in the EU"

The European Worker Participation Competence Centre (EWPCC) and the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) in cooperation with the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) organized a webinar on 13 January 2021 on the subject of "Human rights due diligence (HRDD) and responsible business conduct in the EU". 

Human rights due diligence (HRDD) and responsible business conduct have come to the forefront of the EU legislative agenda. Policymakers and the public at large are becoming increasingly aware that the current voluntary approach of business to human rights and responsible business conduct is not sufficient to guarantee a high level of respect for basic rights in supply chains and other areas impacted by business behaviour. A number of initiatives have been undertaken at the national level mandating due diligence in large companies and the European Parliament and EU Council have called for a legislative proposal in this area. The European Commission commissioned two major studies relating to this topic and started a public consultation, and is expected to issue a proposal in the first half of 2021.

This webinar discussed the need for a mandatory approach to HRDD and responsible business conduct in the EU. The first session discussed what HRDD is and what the ETUC’s demands are in this area. The second session focused on the crucial issue of how to define company liability in this legislation. The following materials from the webinar are available for download:

Session 1:

Presentation by Stefan Clauwaert (ETUC) on ETUC demands 

Session 2:

Comments from Tony Berggren (The Swedish union of forestry, wood and graphical workers)

ETUI Policy Brief by Christophe Clerc – The French ‘duty of vigilance’ law

Comments from Paige Morrow 

Comments from Aristea Koukiadaki

Some Key Resources on Human Rights Due Diligence

EP resolution on corporate liability for serious human rights abuses in third countries: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A52016IP0405

EP resolution on EU flagship initiative on the garment sector: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A52017IP0196

EP resolution on sustainable finance: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A52018IP0215

United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): https://sdgs.un.org/2030agenda

United Nations 2008 "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework for Business and Human Rights: https://digitallibrary.un.org/record/625292?ln=en

United Nations 2011 Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs): https://www.ohchr.org/documents/publications/guidingprinciplesbusinesshr_en.pdf

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises: http://mneguidelines.oecd.org/guidelines

OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct: https://www.oecd.org/investment/due-diligence-guidance-for-responsible-business-conduct.htm

OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector: http://www.oecd.org/industry/inv/mne/responsible-supply-chains-textile-garment-sector.htm

OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals for Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas: https://www.oecd.org/corporate/oecd-due-diligence-guidance-for-responsible-supply-chains-of-minerals-from-conflict-affected-and-high-risk-areas-9789264252479-en.htm

OECD-FAO Guidance for Responsible Agricultural Supply Chains: https://www.oecd.org/daf/inv/investment-policy/rbc-agriculture-supply-chains.htm

OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible business conduct for institutional investors: https://www.oecd.org/investment/due-diligence-guidance-for-responsible-business-conduct.htm

ILO 1998 Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and its follow-up: https://www.ilo.org/declaration/thedeclaration/textdeclaration/lang--en/index.htm

ILO 2017 Tripartite Declaration of Principles Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy: https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_emp/---emp_ent/---multi/documents/publication/wcms_094386.pdf

UN booklet “Gender Dimensions of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”: https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Business/Gender_Booklet_Final.pdf

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Files

Stefan Clauwaert - ETUC demands

Stefan Clauwaert - ETUC demands Stefan Clauwaert - ETUC demands.pdf 342,15 kB

Tony Berggren - HRDD and FSC

Tony Berggren - HRDD and FSC Tony Berggren - HRDD and FSC.pdf 100,12 kB

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