Is Human Rights Due Diligence the Next Form of Greenwashing for Business and Human Rights?
Discussant: David Hess, University of Michigan Ross School of Business
In the last decade, human rights due diligence (HRDD) has emerged as a principal mechanism to operationalise corporate responsibility for human rights, but it remains an amorphous concept open to multiple interpretations. HRDD was crafted in the UN Guiding Principles for Business as the method by which businesses are to prevent adverse human rights impacts and also for business to mitigate, and where relevant, to remediate these impacts. It has since been adopted by subsequent international documents on this area, as well as in national legislation. This discussion will examine whether HRDD is just the latest form of greenwashing that will enable businesses to engage in cosmetic compliance with human rights standards and avoid substantive engagement to address the challenging human rights issues that arise in corporate operations and supply chains.
The Workshop is dedicated to the development and discussion of works-in-progress and other non-published academic research. The paper will be distributed to registered participants prior to the Workshop.