Human rights due diligence [clear filter]
Tuesday, November 27

1:30pm CET

Due diligence and remedy: Is one possible without the other?

Organized by Amnesty International, SOMO, Clean Clothes Campaign, Sherpa, OECD Watch, PODER, Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID), Global Witness

In this panel, community members from Tanzania and Mexico and workers from Pakistan impacted by corporate human rights abuses join human rights experts to explore the relationship between due diligence and remedy. Is facilitating remedy a part of a company’s due diligence responsibility? Should remedy be left to companies? What is the role of the state? Is a company’s failure to ensure remedy a failure of due diligence? Why is a guarantee of effective remedy essential to assure meaningful due diligence? How must remedy outcomes feedback to improve due diligence practices? What responsibility do investors have to undertake due diligence and ensure remedy, and what should their due diligence be?
Panellists analyse the problems arising from failures of due diligence and remedy through exploration of three case studies on corporate impacts: 
  • Gold mining in Tanzania,
  • Garment production in Pakistan, and
  • Copper mining in Mexico.
Next, panellists propose policy solutions to strengthen the effectiveness of due diligence and remedy through the use of hard and soft law tools and improved investor due diligence.

Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
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Fernanda Hopenhaym

Codirectora Ejecutica, Proyecto sobre Organización, Desarrollo, Educación e Investigación PODER

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Sandra Cossart

Executive Director, Sherpa
Sandra Cossart is an international lawyer and Sherpa’s Executive Director. After starting her career within the EU institutions, she worked as a corporate lawyer and legal consultant in Paris, Russia and England. She joined Sherpa in 2010 and was at the forefront of some important... Read More →
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Ivette Gonzalez

Strategic Engagement Senior Associate, PODER (México)
Ivette Gonzalez is an Strategic Engagement Senior Associate at the Project on Organizing, Development, Education and Research (PODER). She co-coordinates the Civil Society Focal Group on Business and Human Rights in Mexico. Currently, Ms. González coordinates at PODER a project on... Read More →

Dwight Justice

OECD Watch
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Rachel Owens

Head of EU Office, Global Witness
Rachel Owens is Head of EU Advocacy at Global Witness, an anti-corruption and human rights NGO. In 2017, she set up Global Witness’ first EU office leading and working on campaigns to introduce EU rules for mandatory investor due diligence, to crackdown on corruption in EU golden... Read More →
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Ben Vanpeperstraete

Lobby and Advocacy Coordinator, Clean Clothes Campaign
Expert in Supply Chains, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Social Accountability, Business and Human Rights and Sustainable Development. Currently works at UNI Global Union and IndustriALL Global Union on Supply Chains, more specifically the ground breaking Bangladesh Accord... Read More →
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Anneke Van Woudenberg

Human Rights Officer, Permanent Mission of Argentina
Anneke Van Woudenberg is the Executive Director of corporate watchdog NGO Rights and Accountability in Development (RAID), which she joined in March 2017. Previously she was the Deputy Africa Director at Human Rights Watch where for 14 years she led in-depth fact-finding on human... Read More →

Tuesday November 27, 2018 1:30pm - 2:45pm CET

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