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HUMAN 2023: implementation of the CSDDD

  • Date: 10/10/2023
  • Time: 3 - 5 pm (CET)
  • Location: a.s.r., Utrecht

The theme of HUMAN 2023 is the implementation of the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD).


The European Parliament agreed on the CSDDD in early June this year. This regulation requires companies to conduct due diligence on and take responsibility for human rights violations and environmental damage in their global value chains.

During this seminar, we will take a closer look at the regulations and what their potential implications are for companies and investors.


  • 2:30 – 3:10 pm (plenary): Walk-in & welcome | Angélique Laskewitz, Executive Director, VBDO
  • 3:10 – 3:30 pm (plenary): The revised OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and their implications for the CSDDD | Marian Ingrams, OECD Watch Coordinator and Researcher, SOMO
    Marian Ingrams will talk about the revised OECD guidelines and the implications of this revision for multinational corporations. In addition, she will explain the involvement of the OECD Watch network in the work to strengthen the CSDDD. Finally, attention will be drawn to the coexistence of the CSDDD and the OECD Guidelines.
  • 3:35 – 4:20 pm Breakout sessions:
    • The legal status of the CSDDD | Colette Grosscurt & Bas Sprenger de Rover, EY
      During this session, the current legal status of the CSDDD will be discussed and an explanation of what is expected of companies and financials. The translation between policy and practical action in light of legal obligations will also be discussed.
    • CSDDD perspective from the financial sector – Nelleke Hoffs, Business & human rights advisor, ABN AMRO
    • CSDDD and stakeholder engagement – the role of trade unions in the due diligence process – Eva Smulders, IMVO-adviser, CNV Internationaal
      Companies struggle to fulfil the requirements of stakeholder engagement in (upcoming) legislation. We believe that a constructive dialogue with trade unions can support your HR due diligence process, especially regarding labour rights in your supply chain. In this session, we would like to tell you how, using concrete examples.
  • 4:25 – 4:50 pm (plenary): Human rights due diligence: a case study of the cane sugar supply chain | Kaja Thiele, Sustainability Specialist – Human Rights, Corbion
    Kaya Thiele will talk about Corbion’s challenges, opportunities and strategy concerning the subject.
  • 5 pm: Drinks

Registering and break-out sessions

Registering for this event is mandatory and free of charge. Anyone with an interest in the subject is welcome to participate. After registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. Please note that we will send you an invite to register for one of the break-out sessions a couple of days before the event. If you do not register for a session, we will choose a session at our own discretion.

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