Human rights: What does it mean for businesses?

iconExploring business and human rights

Demonstrating respect for human rights is an increasingly important area of focus for businesses, particularly against the backdrop of the ESG megatrend. The Covid-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement have acted as “ESG accelerants”, bringing into sharp relief the impacts businesses can have on others, and the way in which they engage with their stakeholders. Scrutiny of this area is set to rise, as more and more jurisdictions look to actively require organisations to engage proactively on human rights issues.

In this podcast series we explore a number of key business and human rights themes that businesses need to be aware of.

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Business and human rights: la prospettiva italiana

Le tematiche connesse alla due diligence sui diritti umani e alla responsabilità delle società capogruppo rappresentano temi ampiamente dibattuti a livello europeo. Paolo Bertolini ci parla di come tali tematiche siano percepite a livello italiano.

(Human rights due diligence and parent company exposure are topics much debated at European level. Paolo Bertolini provides a brief overview on how they are perceived in Italy.)

8:20

Business and Human Rights: The changing landscape

The spotlight has been cast on business and human rights with companies realising how very real human rights risks are. Setting the backdrop for this podcast series, Rachel Barrett, Julia Grothaus and Vanessa Havard-Williams provide an overview of the current landscape and look at where we are going in terms of the law and the legal initiatives that are in play.

32:21

Getting practical: Human rights due diligence in M&A transactions

Vanessa Havard-Williams and Rachel Barrett are joined by Henry Smith and Maria Knapp from Control Risks to discuss the practical aspects of human rights due diligence in the context of M&A transactions. How do you do it, what should you look out for, and what are your options when it comes to dealing with due diligence findings?

14:38

Remedy: Preventing and addressing adverse human rights impacts

Remedy is a topic that often poses particular challenges in a business and human rights context. Rachel Barrett, Xavier Taton, Guillaume Croisant and James Marlow explore what we mean by remedy, how businesses can approach it and how they can prevent recurrence and manage future human rights risks and impacts.

32:22

Where are we today? Existing regimes in Switzerland, Netherlands & France

Business and human rights due diligence legislation is much more developed in Switzerland, the Netherlands and France than other parts of the EU. Julia Grothaus, Gerard Meijer, Bo Ra Hoebeke and Jean-Charles Jaïs, joined by Dr Laurenz Uhl take stock of the current legal frameworks and share their insights.

11:01

Business and human rights: la prospettiva italiana

Le tematiche connesse alla due diligence sui diritti umani e alla responsabilità delle società capogruppo rappresentano temi ampiamente dibattuti a livello europeo. Paolo Bertolini ci parla di come tali tematiche siano percepite a livello italiano.

(Human rights due diligence and parent company exposure are topics much debated at European level. Paolo Bertolini provides a brief overview on how they are perceived in Italy.)

How Linklaters can help you

  • Human rights policies
  • Human rights due diligence
  • Human rights impact assessments
  • Human rights reporting
  • Compliance programmes
  • Supply chain risks
  • Litigation and liability risk

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