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Making sense of managing human rights issues in supply chains

Lise Smit

After a successful research project with Norton Rose Fulbright in 2016, entitled 'Exploring Human Rights Due Diligence', BIICL and Norton Rose Fulbright undertook a follow-up project in 2017/18, which analysed managing human rights issues in supply chains.

As part of this project, BIICL and Norton Rose Fulbright co-hosted a session at the 2017 Annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, with support from Hogan Lovells and Foley Hoag. The session focused on "Human rights remedies up and down the value chain - legal innovation and its practical impact".

Project Report

The research provides a comprehensive overview of the legal and regulatory framework relevant to the management of human rights in supply chains, sets out observations of current practice amongst businesses and provides best practice recommendations. It considers questions such as addressing human rights impacts beyond first tier suppliers, how to use leverage in the absence of a contractual relationship, and how to undertake HRDD when information about human rights risks is not readily available.

The project report provides a comprehensive analysis of the rules regulating the threat or use of force between States in international law and examines how these rules operate specifically in the context of territorial disputes. The report analyses a wide range of territorial disputes to clarify the legal obligations binding upon States involved in such disputes and the consequences flowing from a breach of these obligations.

Read the interactive report 

Read the summary briefing 

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