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 many countries in Eu-rope and the EU. The question at stake is: what should legislation on mandatory human rights due diligence (mHRDD) 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 is the summary of a study that ECCHR, Brot für die Welt and MISEREOR published in June 2021.