Human Rights Due Diligence

On December 3, 2012, in conjunction with the United Nations Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights, the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) along with the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) and the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) launched the report below written and researched by International Experts on Business and Human Rights, entitled “Human Rights Due Diligence: the Role of States.” The International Experts commissioned included Professor Olivier De Schutter, Professor Anita Ramasastry, Mark B. Taylor and Robert C. Thompson.

The Report builds off of a set of global Consultations with legal practitioners, academics and experts from around the world and examines how States are using their regulatory authority to mandate due diligence for human rights or areas akin to human rights, such as environmental protection and workplace health and safety. The Report seeks to establish the extent to which the legal systems of States already make use of due diligence to ensure that businesses respect established standards and to describe for policymakers a range of regulatory options they might use to take the next steps in ensuring businesses respect human rights.

Full versions of the report in English, French, and Spanish are available below.

Translations of the Executive Summary are available in Arabic, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese (simplified), and Russian, courtesy of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre.


Read the full report below:

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See remarks by our Keynote Speaker, Member of European Parliament Mr. Richard Howitt, at the Report Launch in Geneva here:

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Read the French translation of the report below, or download it here.

Lire la traduction française du rapport ci-dessous ou le télécharger ici.

Read the Spanish translation of the report below, or download it here.

Lea la traducción al español del informe a continuación, o descargarlo desde aquí.

Analysis and Updates From This Program

Human Rights Due Diligence: 2013 Update

22 November 2013

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Human Rights Due Diligence: the Role of States

02 December 2012

On December 3, 2012, in conjunction with the United Nations Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights, the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) along with the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) and the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA)Read More…