Certified Human Rights Officer
(„Zertifizierter Menschenrechtsbeauftragter“)

Companies recognise the increasing role of human rights for their business and the need to allocate adequate resources to manage this challenge.

This is a consequence of initiatives by lawmakers mainly across Europe (e.g. Loi de Vigilance in France, Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz in Germany), including lately the European Union (Draft of the EU-Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence) requesting from companies strict adherence to Human Rights Due Diligence in their own operations and throughout the whole Value Chain.

The appointment of a Human Rights Officer is critical to implement and control such compliance.

Participants can choose to attend the first day only to get an overview about legal frameworks as UNGP (United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights) and the principles of human rights and its implications. Learning about how to establish human rights compliant processes within organisations and using the right tools is part of day 2 and 3.

Benefit for participants

1 Create value-based and sustainability-oriented business strategies
2 Improve the Human-Rights Due Diligence performance of the business you are already in
3 Leverage the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights in a business context
4 Gain leadership skills in a demanding global environment
5 Enhance decision-making skills in a matrix organisation
6 Enhance decision-making skills in a matrix organization

Benefits for organisations

Comply with legislative requirements across the Globe
Create a value-based and sustainability-oriented company strategy
Turn potential reputational and liability risks into competitive advantages
Establish a value-based sustainable Value Chain
Create a one-stop-shop within the company for all Human-Rights related topics
Assign responsibility to a competent and capable person within the company


  • Overview on legal requirements
  • UN Guiding Principles for “Business and Human Rights” (UNGP)
  • Standards of the International Labour Organisation (ILO)
  • Scope and role of a Human Rights Officer
  • Methods and Tools (Risk Management, Risk Analysis, Strategy and Policies, Preventive Measures, Remedial Actions, Complaints Procedure, Third Party Due Diligence, Documentation and Reporting)


Dr. Ulrich Hagel
Dr. Ulrich Hagel

Dr. Ulrich Hagel has studied law and business administration, is a qualified German lawyer with more than 25 year of experience as attorney at law an inhouse-counsel.

He has been Chief Compliance & Security Officer of Bombardier Transportation. He is also Academic Director at the Dresden International University for the MBA programme “International Commercial & Contract Management”, Head of the working group Compliance of the German Railway Industry (“VDB”) and author of numerous publications on Compliance, Legal Operations and Dispute Resolution.

Michael Wiedmann
Michael Wiedmann

Michael Wiedmann is a lawyer based in Essen with experience in industry and retail and as "Of Counsel" for compliance in the Frankfurt office of Norton Rose Fulbright.

He has extensive expertise in compliance, governance and corporate matters due to his different roles as Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel and Company Secretary and Senior Vice President Public Affairs at METRO Group, particularly in the development and design of effective compliance management systems. He serves as well as co-chair of the CSR/Human Rights working group of the German Institute for Compliance e.V. (DICO) and publishes regularly on human rights and general compliance issues.

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