Delivering Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence in Public Procurement
Risk-based supply chain due diligence can help public buyers ensure value for money in its broader sense towards encompassing sustainability of procurement decisions.
-- OECD (2020), Integrating Responsible Business Conduct in Public Procurement
Public buyers, policy makers, trade unions, civil society, and companies are increasingly familiar with the concept of "due diligence" in relation to business and human rights. Many legislatures have already passed or considered human rights and environmental due diligence (HREDD) legislation. The European Commission is currently finalising theirs (Sustainable Corporate Governance). Public buyers face the challenge of verifying and enforcing HREDD. But what is due diligence? When is it effective? How can it be measured and enforced?
HREDD debates often do not reflect voices of central stakeholders: affected workers and communities, smallholders, civil society organisations, and trade unions in different parts of the supply chain. This leaves the intended beneficiaries of due diligence out of the picture. Our new webinar series will bring together these stakeholders and public buyers. Together we will develop a concept of due diligence that is measurable and enforceable and benefits workers, communities, and our common environment. From a practical perspective we will ask how public buyers can apply and demand this due diligence in the procurement process.
Session 1: Scope of Due Diligence: Tiers, Risks, and Transparency
Monday November 22, 2021, 13:00—14:30 CET
NB. There will be simultaneous translation to/from French
Knowing and reporting factories and other operations in supply chains is the first step of human rights and environmental due diligence. When supply chains are obscure companies can neither identify risks nor address them. When companies do not disclose the factories in their supply chains, public buyers cannot know if they have undertaken adequate due diligence. But electronics and other supply chains are long, complex and dynamic. How far should supply chain transparency extend? Should transparency go beyond the reporting of factory locations to include compliance data and business practices?
In this session we will discuss:
- Why it is important for supply chain transparency to extend beyond tier one based on risk analyses
- Current best practice on supply chain transparency
- Long-term visions for supply chain transparency
Heidi Hautala, Member of the European Parliament, Member of the Committee on International Trade and of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, Founder of the European Parliament working group for Responsible Business Conduct
Kan Matsuzaki, Assistant General Secretary, Director, ICT, Electrical and Electronics, Shipbuilding and Shipbreaking, IndustriALL
Kristin Tallbo, Sustainability Strategist, Adda Central Purchasing Body, Sweden
Alejandro García Esteban, Policy Officer, European Coaliton for Corporate Justice
Matthew Galvin, Responsible Purchasing Manager, Greater London Authority, England
Please register here for this webinar.
2. Measuring Effective Due Diligence: Monitoring, Verification and Reporting
3. Enforcing Due Diligence
4. The Right to Effective Remedy
5. Purchasing Practices and Due Diligence: Responsibilities for Both Private and Public Buyers
6. Support for Public Buyers to Implement Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence