Developing, managing, and sharing knowledge on natural resources, conflict, and peacebuilding
Library / Briefs & Development
Source: The George Washington International Law Review, 2017
Author(s): Holly Cullen
Topics: Extractive Resources, Governance
Human rights due diligence (HRDD) is an important new concept in international efforts to improve the accountability of transnational corporations for violations of human rights. Due diligence has a clear meaning in corporate governance, setting out context-specific risk-management obligations for corporations. It also has been applied in a variety of contexts in international law, including international human rights law, to define the scope of state responsibility for the acts of non-state actors. HRDD applies international human rights standards to the acts of businesses in the international sphere. It is designed to provide guidance to corporations on how to avoid adverse impacts of business on human rights and how to remedy such adverse impacts.