Realising responsible business conduct

Exploring the role of regulation in advancing human rights and environmental due diligence in a Danish and EU context

Denmark has for years been regarded a frontrunning country when it comes to responsible business conduct. For example, Denmark was among the countries that through Danish legislation paved the way for the later EU level non-financial reporting directive. At the same time, an EU level 2019 study of non-financial reports that included 34 Danish companies showed that only app. 40% of the included Danish companies shared information around their human rights due diligence processes and only 15 % referred to a commitment to provide remedy for harmed people.

Going beyond regulating the area of non-financial reporting to advance responsible business conduct the EU as well as members states such as France and the Netherlands have introduced different types of due diligence legislation. In addition, the EU has recently committed to put forward in 2021 an EU level legislative proposal including to ensure that companies implement human rights and environmental due diligence.

This conference will explore the role of regulation in particular mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence legislation in the ‘smart mix’ of measures that the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights call on governments to design and implement. The objective of the event is to facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue on what constitutes a ‘smart mix’ in the Danish and EU context.

Registration: Due to Covid-19 participation is limited to 150 persons. To stimulate discussions, the conference prioritises representation of participants across stakeholder categories. Registration is organised by the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative. After registration you will receive a confirmation. Please note that due to the prioritisation of participants from different stakeholder groups, this confirmation is just a preliminary registration. 


Date: Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Venue:  National Museum of Copenhagen, Ny Vestergade 10, Prinsens Palæ, Copenhagen


  • International guest speakers including Heidi Hautala, Vice President and Chair of the Responsible Business Conduct Working Group, European Parliament, Dominique Potier, Member of Parliament, France, Cees van Dam, Professor of InternationalBusiness and Human Rights at the Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University Rotterdam), the Netherlands, Heidi Furustøl, Director of Ethical Trade, Norway
  • Danish stakeholder representatives including: Trine Christensen, Secretary General, Amnesty International Denmark, Susanne Stormer, Chief Sustainability Advisor, Vice President, Novo Nordisk, Thomas Bustrup, Deputy Director General and COO, Confederation of Danish Industries, Stine Jespersen, Vice President, The Danish Chamber of Commerce, Peter Ahrenfeldt Schrøder, Industrial Policy Adviser, The Danish Trade Union Confederation
  • Danish Members of Parliament including: Torsten Schack Pedersen (V), Katrine Robsøe (RV), Rasmus Nordqvist (SF) and Eva Flyvholm (EL)

Cecilie Münster

Network Manager, Menneskerettigheder og arbejdstagerrettigheder