Plenary Session: Human Rights Due Dilligence: The Role of States

This session will look at ways States can require or encourage corporations to carry out human rights due diligence.

Looking at the concept of due diligence from a holistic perspective, the session will explore practices for ensuring corporate responsibility to respect human rights. These include administrative, civil and company law developments, and contracts between States and industries connected to activities with significant human rights risks; both aiming to support due diligence and improve access to remedy for victims.

This part of the conference is part of the Human Rights in Business training session.

Contributions by:
– Mark Taylor (Research Director, Fafo);
– Cees van Dam (Human Rights in Business Project, Professor of Tort Law, Maastricht University, Professor of International Business and Human Rights, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Visiting Professor, King’s College London);
– Dominique Potier (Deputy of the 5th constituency of Meurthe-et-Moselle in the National Assembly, France);
– Femke Den Hartog (Policy Advisor International and Economic affairs at InRetail);
– Gerard Oonk (India Committee of the Netherlands/ Stop Child Labour)

Closing remarks by Richard Howitt (European Parliament Rapporteur on Corporate Social Responsibility)

Session moderated by: Filip Gregor (Frank Bold)

Session organised by: Frank Bold and Human Rights in Business Project

Bio’s of speakers

Bio Spealers Plennary B

Presentations of speakers

Cees van Dam Plenary B

Dominique Potier Plenary B

Background materials

Plenary B – Cees van Dam – Corporate Responsibility and Duty of Care

Plenary B – Garment Covenant – Press Release by Social Economic Council

Plenary B – Mark Taylor – HRDD the Role of States

Plenary B – Sherpa – French Draft Bill Duty of Vigilance