Policy paper

The human rights fitness of audits and certifiers

A position paper

Claudia Müller-Hoff
European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) , Brot für die Welt , MISEREOR
Policy paper
2020

Corporate responsibility is currently on the political agenda of the German government as well as the European Union. The question at stake is: what should mandatory human rights due diligence (mHRDD) legislation look like? This position paper uses four case studies to discuss the requirements the auditing and certification industries have to meet to review mHRDD. Because when a new legal standard is created, it has to ensure its own implementation. The paper thus poses the question: how can auditing companies’ human rights fitness be guaranteed?

This paper ist part of a study that ECCHR, Brot für die Welt and MISEREOR are planning to publish in February 2021.