Six success factors for effective due diligence

Recently, the webinar ‘Successful Responsible Business Conduct: key elements for business leaders’ took place. Various speakers shared their success factors for setting up an effective due diligence system. A recording of the webinar is now available as well as the presentations and the Q & A list.

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The need for setting up an effective human rights and environmental due diligence system is more pressing than ever. The EU Due Diligence Law proposal aimed at making businesses accountable for human rights violations and environmental harm in their value chain, the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive and the growing demand of customers and job-seekers for socially and environmentally responsible companies illustrate this well.

Often when companies wish to start practicing due diligence, they dive into the due diligence steps without checking for key success factors within their own company including looking at top management, the organisational structure and the culture of an organisation first. In the webinar six success factors for setting up an effective due diligence system were shared via storytelling and real examples of companies by
• Arnoud van Vliet – Manager CSR & Quality Zeeman
• Ilse Pijnenburg, Impact Manager, Seepje
• Charlotte Scheltus, Team Lead IRBC at the SER
• Alexandra van der Selm - Program Director for IRBC at the SER.

The webinar was organised by Global Compact Network Netherlands, MVO Nederland, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, VNO-NCW & MKB Nederland and the Social Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER),

View the webinar.

View the slides which include the Q&A.


The SER is preparing follow-up in person sessions that will focus on the how questions of the six success factors that aim to inspire you to actively strengthen these topics within your organisation. If you are interested to contribute, please contact Fleur Meerman (