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Tuesday, November 30 • 3:25pm - 4:40pm
Making mandatory human rights due diligence work

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As mandatory measures are being further developed, there is a need to consider how enforcement of such measures can be effective in practice, ensuring that the focus of implementation is to drive better outcomes for people. Doing so will depend on including groups at risk of vulnerability or marginalization, trade unions, human rights defenders and others in the consultative processes leading to the drafting of legislation.
In other words, there is a need to design legislation and its enforcement to drive meaningful due diligence, including by clarifying expectations on the quality of due diligence; how companies should document due diligence beyond simply declaring that they have done it; and how to guarantee remediation. As mandatory human rights due diligence laws emerge in different jurisdictions, the UNGPs (together with OECD Guidelines which integrate the UNGPs due diligence standard) can provide a focal point for consistency and quality of laws. However, questions of enforcement remain open. Among the key issues for effective delivery of mandatory due diligence legislation, are the needs for a structure (national, regional, global) that can support implementers (regulators, business) and other stakeholders with a role to play (reinforce implementation drive through dialogue, engagement and monitoring).

This forum session will involve different stakeholders in dialogue on the most effective set of enforcement mechanisms needed for meaningful due diligence.

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Anita Ramasastry

miembro, Grupo de Trabajo sobre las empresas y los derechos humanos
Sra. Anita Ramasastry es la profesora Roland L. Hjorth de Derecho y Directora del Programa de Posgrado en Desarrollo Internacional Sostenible en la Escuela de Derecho de la Universidad de Washington. Investiga y enseña en los ámbitos de la justicia y el desarrollo, la lucha contra... Read More →
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Jennifer Zerk

Legal Consultant, OHCHR Accountability and Remedy Project
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Gilles Goedhart

Team Leader Mandatory Due Diligence, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands
In the Foreign Service since 2012. I became involved with Business and Human Rights in 2014 when I joined the Human Rights Unit of my Ministry. I was in charge of the Dutch National Action Plan from 2014-2017. After a posting to our Embassy in Beijing, I returned to The Hague to become... Read More →
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Bart Devos

European Director, Responsible Business Alliance
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Arnold Kwesiga

Manager, Business and Human Rights, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria
Arnold manages the Business and Human rights program at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria (the Centre) and also oversees the work of the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA) which is hosted by the Centre. He is a Human Rights Advocate and an academic... Read More →
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Christopher Patz

Policy Officer, European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ)

Tuesday November 30, 2021 3:25pm - 4:40pm CET
Virtual Plenary room