Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence: From Legal Custom to Lawful Concern builds on the existing literature in the emerging field of study of business and human rights. The notion that corporations have social responsibilities encapsulated by “Corporate Social Responsibility” in the 1990s and early 2000s has developed into a form of hard law in the enacted legislation in Germany and Norway.
The new legislation in both countries confirms that corporations have an obligation to perform due diligence along their supply chains. This builds on a decision by the Supreme Court of Canada which imposed new obligations on Canadian corporations. This book examines legislative changes, new international caselaw, and how these developments impact Canadian corporate law and related fields.