Conference ‘Corporate Social Responsibility in the Netherlands'
The regulation of multinational corporations, especially in situations of negative impact, poses challenging questions. Current developments show a transformation of voluntary and sector driven guidelines into legally binding CSR obligations that have extraterritorial application. What will this mean for corporations and the people impacted by their conduct? The conference 'Corporate Social Responsibility in the Netherlands: towards mandatory human rights due diligence legislation', organised by the Open Universiteit, takes place on 12 November 2021.

A Dutch perspective: national and international exchange

The conference addresses this question from a Dutch and comparative perspective by discussing recent legislative developments in the Netherlands and how these are influenced by international developments. Also, because the Netherlands hosts a significant number of multinational corporations, its regulatory landscape might in turn have consequences across the globe, as the different cases against Shell prove.


Prof. dr. Nicola Jägers will deliver the key note in which she reflects on the Dutch developments against the broader regional and international developments, setting the stage for the panel discussions. Policy makers, lawyers, academics and NGOs will offer different perspectives on the following three topics: 

  • The implementation of mandatory human rights due diligence
  • The business-state nexus and institutional incentives
  • The impact of mandatory human rights due diligence on access to remedies

See full program.


The conference will be of interest to both a Dutch and international audience and we invite both academics, and other stakeholders with an interest in the topic to participate.

Practical details

  • The conference takes place on on 12 November 2021 from approximately 10:30 until 16:30h.
  • Location: The Hague Humanity Hub, Fluwelen Burgwal 58, The Hague
  • The conference is free to attend and registration is required.
  • A valid corona access card and ID must be shown at the time of entry

The conference is organized by the Open Universiteit as part of its research program 'Transformative effects of globalisation and law in the Netherlands' and is a collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, Tilburg University and Maastricht University as part of the joint research program 'Transformative effects of globalization in law'.