A new EU legislation will take effect in the coming years- one that will commit companies to conduct Human rights due diligence (HRDD), an internationally anchored process for mapping, handling and reporting human rights risks. This training will go through how you conduct an HRDD according to the upcoming legislation and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. You will learn what to investigate as well as how to manage and report risks.
The EU is preparing legislation that will require companies to conduct Human rights due diligence. A draft law has been prepared by the European Parliament and a formal bill will be presented by the European Commission in the spring of 2021. Even if the formal proposal is not yet completed, we already know what is will look like, as it is based on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and Parliament’s draft. The law will also cover environment and good governance; in this course we will give an overview to the law with an in-depth focus on human rights.
The course covers:
- The basic requirements and conditions needed to conduct an Human rights due diligence (HRDD) in accordance to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational enterprises and the upcoming EU legislation
- What should be investigated in an HRDD
- How the risks of adversely affecting human rights should 1) be identified and assessed, 2) handled, 3) followed up and 4) reported
- How a HRDD is conducted – good practice for leading Swedish and international companies
- HRDD indicators regarding policy, process and risk management
- The latest in the development of the EU legislation
You will be able to try conducting central parts of an HRDD in a fictive but reality-based case during the course.
The course is directed at:
Decision makers and experts in sustainability, HR, compliance, law and those responsible for supply chains.
The goal of this course:
As a participant, you will have the following after completing the course:
- Basic knowledge of how to conduct an HRDD based on international frameworks and the universally recognised human rights.
- An overview of the rapid legal development of HRDD requirements at a European and global level.
The training will mainly be conducted in Swedish.
09.00 Welcome and introduction
- Introduction to the course
- Introduction to course participants and expectations
09.30 Basics – Human rights due diligence (HRDD)
During the first session, we will go through the basics of an HRDD.
- HRDD – from principles to practice
- The basics according to the most important international guidelines: UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational enterprise
- Human rights basics: how they are relevant for companies and which exactly should considered
- The responsibility and role of the state versus companies
10.30 Basics – Human rights due diligence (cnt.)
11.15 HRDD in practice, good practices and how to avoid mistakes
During the second session, we will go through what an HRDD means in practice by studying good practice, leading companies’ experiences and examples. We will look at success factors and typical challenges. Participants will study cases in small groups, reflect and share experiences.
- Good practice
- Typical mistakes and how they can be avoided
- Review all four parts of conducting an HRDD – assess, manage, follow up and report – in practice through leading company examples
13.00 HRDD in practice, good practices and how to avoid mistakes (cnt.)
13.30 HRDD in practice – exercise
During this session, we will work in small groups where participants will conduct different parts of an HRDD for a fictive, but reality-based, Nordic company with a global supply chain. Participants will analyse a case from a human rights perspective and answer typical questions that companies often have to answer in an HRDD. After the exercise participants will share their learnings for the larger group and draw common learnings. Participants will:
- Conduct the first step in an HRDD, identify and analyse human rights risks, assess responsibilities, prioritise on the basis severity and propose measures
- Report results and get feedback from other participants and the course trainer
15.15 Obligatory HRDD – latest developments
During this session, we will go through the legal developments in the EU. We will go through the process – motives, driving forces and the process so far. We will look at what will happen in the coming months and years before the law enters into force. We will look at the content of the first draft of the law presented by Parliament, covering human rights, environment and good governance. We will discuss what is widely accepted in it, what is controversial, and what is reasonable to expect from the final law. During the session we will also go through other European countries that have proposed or adopted HRDD laws, such as France and Germany, and what is happening in Sweden and the conditions for a Swedish law.
- Updates and status of the EU commission initiative for binding HRDD.
- Review of content based on European draft law: human rights, environment and good governance, who the law applies to, how far the responsibility reaches, what companies actually have to do in a risk analysis, what should be reported, how stakeholders should be consulted, etc.
16.30 Summary of the day
We will summarise the course and draw common conclusions from the day.
Sandra Atler – Director of Enact Human Rights and Business Practice Group
+46 704 79 76 77
Sandra Atler is the Director of the Human Rights and Business Practice Group and Senior Advisor at Enact. She is an…
8.900 SEK excl. VAT