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Risk-Based Due Diligence, Climate Change, Human Rights and the Just Transition

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Department of Law, Nova University, 1099-032 Lisbon, Portugal
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Department of Management, Society and Communication, Copenhagen Business School, DK-2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark
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Academic Editors: Olga Martin-Ortega, Valerie Nelson, Renginee G. Pillay and Fatimazahra Dehbi
Sustainability 2021, 13(18), 10454; https://doi.org/10.3390/su131810454
Received: 9 June 2021 / Revised: 28 July 2021 / Accepted: 30 July 2021 / Published: 20 September 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Business, Human Rights and the Environment)
Climate change has been described as one of the greatest threats to people and the planet. Its impacts affect virtually the entire spectrum of internationally recognised human rights as well as the environment in and of itself. In relation to human rights, there is a growing consensus that companies should exercise human rights due diligence in order to identify and prevent their actual and potential adverse impacts. However, the relevance and implications of the concept of the due diligence have not yet fully been analysed in relation to climate change. In this paper, we explore the concept of risk-based due diligence, which builds on the concept of human rights due diligence but extends it to other areas such as the environment. Through a review of recent regulatory developments as well as case-law and other grievances, we analyse the three facets of risk-based due diligence for climate change—prevention, mitigation and remediation. We consider both the short term as well as the longer-term human rights and environmental implications of companies’ climate-related impacts, as well as those resulting from the company’s contributions to the green transition. We argue that risk-based due diligence offers an under-explored but important dual function: providing the operational means through which companies can identify and address the climate-related human rights and environmental impacts with which they may be involved, whilst also taking into consideration the human rights implications of their climate mitigation strategies and contributions to the just transition. View Full-Text
Keywords: human rights due diligence; climate change; risk-based due diligence; just transition human rights due diligence; climate change; risk-based due diligence; just transition
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Bright, C.; Buhmann, K. Risk-Based Due Diligence, Climate Change, Human Rights and the Just Transition. Sustainability 2021, 13, 10454. https://doi.org/10.3390/su131810454

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Bright C, Buhmann K. Risk-Based Due Diligence, Climate Change, Human Rights and the Just Transition. Sustainability. 2021; 13(18):10454. https://doi.org/10.3390/su131810454

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Bright, Claire, and Karin Buhmann. 2021. "Risk-Based Due Diligence, Climate Change, Human Rights and the Just Transition" Sustainability 13, no. 18: 10454. https://doi.org/10.3390/su131810454

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