Human Rights Legal Counsel

In a nutshell


Veldhoven, Netherlands


Legal, Compliance, Risk and Assurance

Work experience

4-9 years

Educational background

Other non-technical backgrounds



Workplace type



Full time

NewJob ID: J-00291289

Introduction to the job

ASML is committed to respecting and protecting Human Rights in its own operations and across its value chain. We are looking for a Human Rights counsel to support the team in developing, implementing and monitoring the requirements of the Human Rights program for ASML.

Role and responsibilities

An expansive program is underway to develop a Human Rights framework across ASML’s global organization, which will support ASML in becoming fully aligned with the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and current and future legislation regarding Human Rights due diligence, including the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive and the pending Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive. The Committee is led by the Head of Ethics & Business Integrity.

The implementation of the Human Rights framework is driven by the Human Rights Committee, in which you will participate. As a Human Rights counsel, you will support the team in developing, implementing and monitoring the requirements of the Human Rights program for ASML.

The position will cover our key focus areas, more specifically you are expected to:

  • Further implement the Human Rights roadmap and execute on priorities across the organization in close collaboration with key internal stakeholders within the Sourcing & Procurement organization, Human Resources, the ESG Sustainability team, and others.

  • Involve engaging key stakeholders in various ways, designing processes, setting up and/or providing training, or coordinating/participating in various implementation activities, plan and carry out periodic external stakeholder engagements together with the ESG Sustainability team.

  • Monitor legal and regulatory developments on Human Rights and identify links to the broader ESG landscape, including climate risk and a “just transition”.

  • Maintain the Human Rights policy in alignment with other relevant policies, provide input on Human Rights topics for non-financial reporting purposes under the CSRD and ensure appropriate vetting and response to queries and audits by external stakeholders on Human Rights topics.

  • Ensure execution of a periodic human rights risk assessment /saliency assessment across the organization, set up monitoring and reporting processes, in collaboration with the Legal & Compliance Operations & Processes team, participate in investigations concerning alleged negative Human Rights impacts and oversee remediation actions.

  • Perform due diligence and/or review due diligence outcomes in specific cases and work on continuous improvement of existing Human Rights due diligence processes in close collaboration with Sourcing & Procurement, Export Control and the Legal & Compliance Process & Operations team.

About the team

ASML's Legal & Compliance Department is responsible for defining and implementing ASML’s worldwide legal and compliance strategy and bears the responsibility for all ASML entities worldwide to comply with international laws and regulations, in order to minimize legal risks and to maximize legal and commercial opportunities. The Legal & Compliance Department consists of a team of highly empowered, business-oriented lawyers, compliance officers, ethics officers, privacy professionals, paralegals and assistants, working across the globe.

The E&BI team’s key responsibilities include managing and monitoring the ASML Ethics, ABC and Human Rights programs on a day-to-day basis, maintaining the ASML Code of Conduct and supporting documents, the Speak Up policy and the Ethics Office, and Ethics Committee charters.  E&BI Raises awareness and encourages understanding and compliance with the ASML Code of Conduct and Business Principles and ASML Speak Up Policy and acts as lead coordinator for Ethics Complaints investigations and cooperates with the investigators (as mandated by the Ethics Committee).

Education and experience

To be successful in this role, you will need extensive experience in the field of human rights gained in a corporate setting. You are a highly motivated and pro-active professional and a dependable and accurate team player. You are able to connect and engage with stakeholders on different levels of the organization.

Ideally, we are looking for a candidate with:

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in the field of human rights in a corporate environment.

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in law, Human Rights (or other where human rights are a key component).

  • Ability to thrive in an environment of change and ambiguity in the law.

  • Know how to navigate in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment.

  • Be able to handle multiple assignments simultaneously and effectively manage conflicting priorities.

  • Great interpersonal and stakeholder management skills.

  • Your English needs to be outstanding both orally as well as in writing.

  • Good working knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint is required.

Other information

Given the sensitivity of some of the documentation which the suitable candidate will be handling, we will request a “Verklaring van Goede Gedrag”; i.e official declaration of ethical/good behavior which we can request via the Government.

Are you interested in this role? Please apply with your CV and cover letter, detailing your motivation for this position.

About ASML

We believe digital transformation holds the key to a better future. Without microchips, there would be no smartphones, internet or modern aviation to connect us. There would be no satellites to better understand our planet, and none of the medical technology that helps to diagnose and treat disease.

ASML is a key player in the world that makes that all happen. In fact, there is a big chance ASML is part of the electronic device you’re using right now, because we are a world leading manufacturer of chip-making machines. We provide chipmakers with state-of-the-art hardware, software and services to mass produce patterns on silicon, increasing the value of a chip while making them faster, smaller and at lower manufacturing cost.

Headquartered in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, we currently employ over 40,000 people worldwide, spread across 60+ offices. In 2023, ASML’s net sales added up to more than €27.6 billion.

Diversity and inclusion

ASML is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.

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