Business & Human Rights

Business and Human Rights is an inescapable boardroom topic in organisations. Not only does this topic play a major role in societal conceptualization, international business and human rights standards are also the driving force behind the concrete implementation on three fronts: procurement, investments and the organisation itself.



We provide advice concerning the requirements which apply or might apply to sustainable procurement. We also give advice on how to ascertain whether these requirements are compliant with international business and human rights standards and we point out which standard is the most relevant or the most attractive. In addition, we draw up contractual terms and conditions related to investments and for loan documents, joint venture agreements, and supply chain contracts. These terms make provision for ensuring human rights due diligence (in accordance with the requirements set out in the UN Guiding Principles) or other business and human rights standards.


Preventing business and human rights -related problems

To prevent business and human rights-related problems, it is important to perform an evaluation of human rights in relation to labour conditions and the environmental situation before making an investment, embarking on a project or entering into a contract with a new supply chain partner. We would like to help you think about ways in which such evaluations can be implemented properly. Finally, we provide advice concerning the procedures which are necessary for ensuring compliance with business and human rights standards within your own organisation as well.


Martijn Scheltema

Martijn Scheltema | Supreme Court Litigation + Business & Human Rights | Partner

+31 70 515 39 08 | |

Martijn Scheltema is an international lawyer and maintains a leading Supreme Court practice, which includes setting-aside proceedings in connection with arbitration. Martijn deals with a wide range of corporate and procedural matters, as well as government related issues. In addition, he handles cases concerning commercial disputes and has extensive experience with international dispute resolution through arbitration. He is also interested in other forms of dispute resolution, particularly with respect to business and human rights issues. He regularly publishes and teaches all the mentioned fields.