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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.

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