Draft act imposes a duty for firms to know the “salient risks” to human rights in direct operations and provides a “right to information” about any impact.
Norway has become the latest country to push for mandatory human rights due diligence, with large companies having to check their supply chains and face new reporting obligations on their actions to prevent human rights abuses. It becomes the latest in a short list of countries to take action, increasing the pressure on multinational corporations to take responsibility for human rights in their operations, whether directly or indirectly. A report from the Ethics Information Committee of the Norwegian government, published at the end of November and now available in translation, said the act, still in draft form, aims to provide a “right to information” about the impact companies may have on fundamental human rights. It also aims t