The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights were unanimously adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011, and require all business enterprises to undertake human rights due diligence. Because of the limited information available about how companies are going about to conduct human rights due diligence BIICL and the global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright are working together to research this important area.
Human Rights Due Diligence in Supply Chains
We are undertaking a project with Norton Rose Fulbright on human rights due diligence in supply chains. The project follows on our highly successful Human Rights Due Diligence project, published in October 2016. The study will focus on the law and practice in this area where increasing legal developments are taking place. It will be a global study and is facilitated by Norton Rose Fulbright in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, South Africa, the UK, and the US.
The BIICL research team for this project includes Robert McCorquodale and Lise Smit, Associate Senior Research Fellow in Business and Human Rights.
Findings of the project will be published in 2018.
Professor Robert McCorquodale has also contributed to the "Modern slavery and global supply chains" report of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade's inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia.
Exploring Human Rights Due Diligence
The Exploring Human Rights Due Diligence project started in March 2015 and was focused on establishing the law and practice relating to human rights due diligence. This research is now complete and was launched in October 2016 Further details of the project are available on the Exploring Human Rights Due Diligence site and a peer-reviewed article on the findings was published in the Business and Human Rights Journal in 2017.