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Certified Human Rights Officer
(„Zertifizierter Menschenrechtsbeauftragter“)

Since 1 January 2024, companies with more than 1,000 employees have been obliged to appoint a human rights officer. The human rights officer must monitor the company's risk management, i.e. check whether the company is implementing its due diligence obligations.

Human rights due diligence obligations in the own business operations and in the supply chain exist not only in the LkSG, but also in a large number of EU laws (e.g. CS3D, Deforestation Regulation, Battery Regulation, Forced Labour Regulation) and in other national legislation as well as in the requirements of international institutions (e.g. the OECD or the Global Compact).

As a human rights officer, it is important to understand the growing importance of human rights and the interplay between national and international

regulations as well as the requirements of the UN Guiding Principles and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

In this one to three-day certificate course, you will learn more about human rights due diligence, its development and global expansion. The certificate course focuses on the requirements of the LkSG and CS3D for companies and the role and responsibility of human rights officers in this area.

This training is divided into three days, with the first day providing an overview of national and international legislation and its development, and days two and three diving deeper into implementation strategies. You can choose to attend the first day only to gain a general understanding, or you can choose to become certified as a Human Rights Officer in three days.

Hermann Rothert - Head of Sustainability -  Allianz SE, Munich/Germany

“A very good course that provides a complete overview of the human rights framework as a whole. For the European and German supply chain act the course made the fields of action transparent and gave approaches to solutions, which we could put into action immediately.”
Hermann Rothert
Head of Sustainability
Allianz SE, Munich/Germany

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 Use your knowledge to prepare your company holistically for existing and future ESG requirements
4 Gain leadership skills in a demanding global environment

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 of the development of human rights worldwide since 1945 with a focus on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP)
  • 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)
Romy Wunderwald - Global E&C Solutions Director - Dispute Resolution at Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions Germany GmbH, Frankfurt/Germany

“Excellent programme. It provided a comprehensive overview of the legal framework but also tools and methods which certainly will prove useful in my daily work. I was very pleased with the tutors as well as the administration. Thank you!”
Romy Wunderwald
Global E&C Solutions Director, Dispute Resolution
Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions Germany GmbH, Frankfurt/Germany


Dr. Ulrich Hagel
Dr. Ulrich Hagel

Dr. Ulrich Hagel studied law and business administration and is a qualified German lawyer with more than 25 years of experience as a lawyer and corporate lawyer.

He was Chief Compliance & Security Officer at Bombardier Transportation. He is also head of the Compliance Working Group of the German railway industry ("VDB") and author of numerous publications on compliance, legal operations and dispute resolution. He is co-author of the book "Human Rights Officers" together with Michael Wiedmann.

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 is also co-chair of the DICO working group "Human Rights in Companies" and co-author of the book "Human Rights Officers" together with Dr. Ulrich Hagel. He regularly publishes on human rights issues and general compliance topics.

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