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Effective due diligence considers human rights risk

Lelia Mooney (lmooneynexus@gmail.com) is a specialist on Business, Human Rights, and Sustainability and an Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown Law Center in Washington, DC.

Compliance has traditionally been associated with anti-corruption, bribery, and transparency risks in the corporate setting, not with human rights risk as part of due diligence processes. However, recent regulatory trends show a strong movement toward mandatory human rights compliance. Business organizations should take notice of this since it has direct implications for how businesses will have to retool their compliance programs if they want to make their operations viable and profitable as part of responsible business practices.

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