How to Conduct a Human Rights Impact Assessment?

Training | 6 November | Stockholm, Sweden

Join us for this exclusive training on how to conduct a Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA).

  • How does a company identify its human rights impacts?
  • What is the difference between business risks and human rights risks?
  • What’s “worse”; child labour or poisoned water (how do you evaluate the severity of human rights impacts)?

About the training

The training will cover:

  • The basics of human rights impact assessments, based on global frameworks notably the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • Corporate experiences of identifying and evaluating human rights impacts
  • Global trends, emerging and good practice of companies
  • Requirements of any impact assessment and methodology
  • Practical (reality based) case exercises on how to identify and assess impacts and evaluate their severity and salience
  • Assessing business risks associated with human rights impacts

The training will be conducted in English

During this full-day training, we will look into the methodologies, trends and tools that are currently shaping best practice for the first step of human rights due diligence; to identify and assess human rights impacts. We will go through the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and what is required of companies in identifying and assessing human rights impacts. We will also burst some of the “myths” of what a human rights impact assessment has to be. Certainly there is good practice to follow, but there is no one-size fits all. We will learn from companies that have conducted impact assessments, draw lessons from their pitfalls and understand the biggest value – add that impact assessments can generate for a company.

Through practical case exercises and discussions, participants will learn the difference between a human rights risk and a business risk. The focus is on evaluating human rights impacts and risks, but the training will also train participants on how to define associated business risks such as legal, reputational and financial risks arising from failing to respect human rights.

We will explore different methodologies that companies can use to assess and identify human rights. We will look closely at that methodology which is increasingly considered “best practice” of impact assessments, where multinational companies have commissioned independent human rights experts to conduct large-scale assessments for group, product or site level and then published the results. But we will also explore other methodologies that companies may use to assess impacts, for example internal issue mapping, function specific assessments and smaller-scope stakeholder consultations “by proxy”. Some of these may still be well in line with international frameworks.

In short, we will share latest trends, share good practices and let participants engage in discussions and practical exercises.

Enact’s approach to training is based on inspiration, interaction and practical implementation. This means that we inspire the participants, engage them through innovative interaction exercises and discussions with each other and let participants work on practical implementation through case-exercises. Read more...