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The role of trade unions in Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD)

HRDD training for trade unions

Upcoming EU legislation on Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) will not only be important for companies in the European Union. But, it will have a direct impact on workers in production countries upstream in the supply chain. However, we see that workers themselves are often forgotten when discussing the content and consequences of HRDD legislation even though they have a crucial role to play in this process. Workers are essential for the stakeholder consultation that will become mandatory under HRDD legislation, but they are often not yet aware of the important role that they can play there. That is why trade unions should get the opportunity to learn more about HRDD, the different steps of the due diligence cycle, and the role they can play in each of these steps.

For that reason, CNV Internationaal (supported by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)) has developed a unique training for trade unions about HRDD with the goal of giving workers a better understanding of the impact that HRDD legislation will have on them. At the end of the training, they should be able to use this knowledge in their interactions with (European) buyers.

Training package

More specifically, during the 2.5/3 day training, trade union representatives will be guided through the content of upcoming EU HRDD legislation and the six steps of the OECD guidelines. In each of the six steps, they will identify their potential role in order for them to understand how they can contribute to make sure the due diligence is done in a correct and inclusive way. 


For an insight into the HRDD training that we gave to Cambodian trade unions, check the > recap here >

The training material is targeted towards trade unions, but the training can also be carried out in a tripartite setting with employers’ associations, brands and/or government representatives.

HRDD is a topic that is of importance to trade unions all throughout the world. Based on this experience, as a partner for trade unions in Africa, Asia and Latin America, we are planning to build a complete training package. This means that we will carry out trainings for more trade unions throughout these regions and train local experts so they are able to transfer the knowledge themselves.


Are you interested in the training materials or would you like our support in carrying out these kinds of trainings? You can contact us at and we will get back to you.