In the past years, several European countries, as well as the EU, have adopted or started to consider legislation that embeds elements of human rights due diligence (HRDD) into law. European institutions, United Nations bodies and other international organisations have also acknowledged the need for binding regulation to promote the implementation of HRDD and to improve access to justice for victims of corporate-related human rights abuses. This type of regulation is also starting to gain support from the business community, which considers it a means to help them implement their responsibility to respect human rights.
This document collects key policy and legal developments in the field of mandatory HRDD or parent company liability that show the emergent trend towards legislation. The paper will be regularly updated.