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Enhanced due diligence for high-risk contexts

Economic crises, conflicts, the pandemic, geopolitical shifts and climate change mean that companies find themselves operating in or sourcing from supply chains with high-risk issues and severe human rights impacts.

Each high-risk context is unique and specific and includes a range of interdependent risk factors. Due diligence in these contexts requires a specialist and tailored approach. We advise clients on enhanced responsible due diligence in these contexts.

For companies
and coalitions

We support clients to conduct enhanced due diligence in line with the requirements of OECD due diligence guidance, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and relevant precedent.

Our services cover:

High-risk country RBC risk assessments
Independent technical in-depth due diligence investigations and assessments to inform ongoing operating and sourcing decisions

Responsible pre-entry and exit from high-risk contexts
Based on OECD due diligence guidance, the UN Guiding Principles, emerging legislative requirements and precedent

Auditing, assessment, prevention, mitigation
and access to remedy for high-risk contexts
Technical advice on implementing each step of the due diligence process in a higher-risk context, tailored to the specific context, partners available and risks

Gender-based violence and harassment emerges as key risk

Significant litigation addressing gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH) in overseas ... read more

Alleged use of prison labour in Cambodia in the manufacture of garment and textile goods meant for export to US

Following an inter-agency investigation, Cambodia’s ambassador to the US is reportedly set to ... read more

Second case filed under the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act

The non-profit ECCHR filed a case against car manufacturers Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes-Benz ... read more

New investigation into deforestation in the Amazon with supply chain linkages to EU brands

In June, journalists and media outlets published the results of a collaborative investigation ... read more

ClientEarth filed OECD NCP case against Cargill over deforestation links to its supply chain in Brazil

On 4 May ClientEarth filed a case against Cargill with the US National Contact Point (NCP) ... read more

Boards need to be prepared for the Forced Labour Ban, including with fully traceable supply chains

The EU’s proposed Regulation on prohibiting products made with forced labour on its market is ... read more

Greenwashing complaint filed against Canada’s biggest certifier of sustainable forestry

Eight organisations, including Greenpeace Canada, filed a complaint with the Competition ... read more

Legal case against LBMA for severe human rights abuses at mine covered by certification

In December 2022 a legal case was filed against the London Bullion Market Association for ... read more

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