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June 5, 2023
13:00 CEST

7:00 EST (New York), 14:00 IDT (Israel), 16:00 IST (India), 21:00 AEST (Melbourne)

Via Zoom

The event is open to the public.

Event Poster (English)
Event SUMMARY (English)
mHRDD Report (English)

Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence:

Risks and Opportunities for Workers and Unions

Roundtable Participants:

Heidi Hautala, Vice President of the European Parliament  



Isabelle Schömann, Deputy General Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation


Jeff Vogt, Rule of Law Director, Solidarity Center &

Ruwan Subasinghe, Legal Director, International Transport Workers Federation

Ingrid Landau, Senior Lecturer, Monash University


The event is chaired by Associate Professor Shelley Marshall, Director, RMIT University Business and Human Rights Centre.


The report, available here, is authored by:

Shelley Marshall, RMIT University

Ingrid Landau, Monash University

Hila Shamir, Tel Aviv University

Tamar Barkay, Tel Hai College

Judy Fudge, McMaster University

Auret van Heerden, Equiception




Across the OECD, new laws are being passed to mandate human rights due diligence (HRDD), including the EU's proposed Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive. This roundtable examines whether HRDD initiatives are benefiting workers and balancing the asymmetries of information and power that characterise work in transnational supply chains. The roundtable brings together experts in worker rights and labour law with the Vice President of the European Parliament.


The panel will also reflect on the findings of the 'Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence: Risks and Opportunities for Workers and Unions' report. The report recommends five key principles to ensure HRDD is institutionalised in a way capable of driving meaningful change for workers in transnational supplychains. Importantly, the report advocates restoring power to workers as active participants in setting and enforcing labour standards.

A summary of the event is available here.

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