Workshop: Respecting Human Rights in the (Precious) stones, metals and minerals value chains

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Embedding the Commodity Trading Sector Guidance on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

In November 2020 Switzerland voted to adopt the indirect counter-proposal to the Responsible Business Initiative (RBI) seting out new human rights due diligence and reporting obligations for subject entities. Though less demanding than the RBI, the counter-proposal is illustrative of the wider trend towards greater human rights due diligence (HRDD) legislation. Such legislation is invariably based on standards such as the United Nations Guiding Principals (UNGPs), the OECD Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct and the Swiss Commodity Trading Sector Guidance, which state that all businesses have a responsibility to respect human rights, to conduct human rights due diligence and to address adverse impacts wherever they occur.

This two-part workshop will bring together actors from across three interconnected sectors directly affected by the counter-proposal to understand its implications, clarify actors’ responsibilities to respect human rights, learn about existing good practices and explore possibilities around shared challenges.

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Respecting human rights in the precious stones, metals and minerals value chains