Upping the ante on human rights due diligence

People gather and hold banners to protest for rights defenders ahead of Turkey showdown in front of the EU Council in Brussels, Belgium, 25 July 2017. [EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ]

The question of how companies carry out due diligence to ensure that human rights abuses are not taking place in their supply chains, is becoming increasingly prominent. The EU has a patchwork of laws promoting transparency and supply chain due diligence in some sectors , and is under increasing pressure to table new legislation to protect human rights.

The ‘Gearing up EU action in Responsible Business Conduct’ event, including the presentation of a shadow EU action plan for Responsible Business Conduct by MEPs, examines how such legislation should be shaped, what tools are needed by civil society, and how company sentiment towards such initiatives has evolved.

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