Last updated 2/12/2020
Summary of Developments
- Finnish Government study on possible regulatory options for a mandatory human rights due diligence legislative framework in Finland (June 2020)
- Finnish EU Council Presidency’s Agenda for Action on Business and Human Rights for the EU (December 2019)
♦ Finnish EU Council Presidency’s Agenda for Action on Business and Human Rights.
♦ Business and Human Rights Resource Centre coverage.
In September 2018, a joint coalition of more than 70 civil society organisations, companies and trade unions launched the #ykkösketjuun* campaign calling for a law on UNGPs-based mandatory human rights due diligence to be included in the government programme in the run-up to the 2019 parliamentary elections. Such a law would obligate companies to map their human rights impacts and take steps to prevent and mitigate possible adverse impacts. The campaign also called for the law’s enforcement mechanisms to be based on international best practice. The campaign coalition was coordinated by the NGO Finnwatch. All members of the Finnish society were invited to extend their support for the campaign call, while parliamentary candidates were invited to commit to advancing national mHRDD legislation should they be elected to Parliament.
By April 2019 when the elections were held, the campaign coalition had grown to comprise over 140 civil society organisations, companies and trade unions. Four political parties that went on to form the coalition government had committed to mandatory human rights due diligence as well as 122 out of 200 candidates elected to the parliament. More than 10 000 citizens signed the campaign petition that was handed over to the then leader of the Social Democratic party Antti Rinne, in May 2019, who went on to form the next Finnish government. Following the publication of Prime Minister Antti Rinne’s government programme in June 2019, the #ykkösketjuun campaign came to an end having achieved its goal.
* ‘ykkösketjuun’ is a Finnish term which means ‘to the first line’ as in the lines in ice hockey. It also includes the Finnish word for a ‘chain’ as in value chain, ‘(arvo)ketju’.
♦ Campaign website.
♦ Campaign press release.
♦ Finnwatch website.