March 23, 2015 - News about the firm

Mannheimer Swartling prepares report for Sweden’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs to support their efforts with a national action plan for business and human rights

Sweden’s Government Offices has been working with the United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights and how these should apply in Sweden. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has drafted an action plan and distributed it among companies and other stakeholders for input and suggestions. For more information, please see:

Mannheimer Swartling has written a report for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs that includes an inventory of the possibilities individuals have to get their cases heard in a Swedish court if their human rights were violated outside Sweden by a company with a Swedish connection. It also details which factors (legal, procedural, economic, and length of time, etc.) might obstruct such a case.

Mannheimer Swartling’s work, led by Robin Oldenstam and Christoffer Monell, is conducted on a pro bono basis under the firm’s Mannheimer Swartling in Society Programme. Earlier the firm was involved in the UN-led project for human rights when it was selected as one of 19 leading business law firms in the world in identifying how national corporate law promotes business cultures that protect human rights. The work was led by Professor John Ruggie, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on the Issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations. The project was concluded in June 2011, when the UN Council for Human Rights adopted new guidelines for companies with the aim of ensuring they do not violate human rights in their business operations and that they take care to remedy any such violations that do occur.