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Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence (mHRDD)

OHCHR and business and human rights


Governments are increasingly introducing legislative regimes to encourage or require companies to carry out human rights due diligence.

Mandatory human rights due diligence regimes have a potentially vital role to play as part of a “smart mix” of measures to effectively foster business respect for human rights, as called for in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).

As the lead of the business and human rights agenda within the UN system, OHCHR plays an important role in influencing the rapidly developing mandatory human rights due diligence landscape at the international, regional, and national levels. OHCHR has developed particular expertise on the relationship between human rights due diligence and accountability and remedy through its Accountability and Remedy Project (ARP).

Since 2018, OHCHR has produced numerous resources to help unpack how mHRDD regimes can be designed and implemented in a way that aligns with the UNGPs. Notable examples of such work include:

Other resources

The Working Group on Business and Human Rights has also released numerous resources on the issue of mandatory human rights due diligence.