Term

Due diligence

Due diligence is a common concept in corporate risk management systems. The idea of corporate Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) is set out in the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. HRDD obligations refer to a company's duty to carry out ongoing risk management to determine if its business practices could potentially adversely affect human rights. This includes risks to all those who could be negatively affected by a corporation's actions (e.g. employees, consumers, and persons who could be affected by environmental harm).

Democratic Republic Congo

No investigations against Danzer manager over human rights abuses against community in DRC

Police Violence

In 2013, ECCHR submitted a criminal complaint against a German manager of timber company Danzer Group. He is accused of aiding and abetting, through omission, the crimes of rape, grievous bodily harm, false imprisonment and arson in the DR Congo.

India

Syngenta pesticides endanger farmers and plantation workers

Pesticides

Research by ECCHR showed: Syngenta's Gramoxone – which is banned in many countries including throughout the EU – is used on plantations in Indonesia and the Philippines with almost no protective measures.

Colombia

Nestlé precedent case: Murder of trade unionist Romero in Colombia

Trade Unionists

ECCHR filed a criminal complaint against Nestlé and some of its top managers in 2012. The complaint accuses the managers of being in breach of their obligations by failing to prevent crimes of Colombian paramilitary groups and failing to adequately protect trade unionists from these crimes.

Pakistan

After Factory Fire in Pakistan: Proceedings against auditor in Italy

Textile Industry

Italian audit company RINA certified a Ali Enterprises (Pakistan) building shortly before a fire broke out in the factory. The certificate failed to guarantee high standards of security. ECCHR is lending support to the legal proceedings underway in Pakistan, Italy and Germany.

Pakistan

KiK: Paying the price for clothing production in South Asia

Textile Industry

Transnational corporations’ responsibilities also extend to the working conditions in their subsidiary and supplier companies abroad. This position is supported by survivors and relatives of victims of the fatal fire at the Ali Enterprises textile factory in Karachi. Together with ECCHR, they filed a legal action for compensation against KiK.