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Danish Institute for Human Rights launches updated version of Human Rights Impacts Assessment Guidance and Toolbox

Human rights impact assessment (HRIA) analyses the effects that business activities have on rights-holders such workers, local community members, consumers and others. HRIA follows a human rights-based approach, which integrates human rights principles such as non-discrimination into the assessment process.

With increased attention being given to the accountability of businesses for their human rights impacts, HRIA has gained traction as one approach available to the private sector, non-government and civil society organisations, governments and other stakeholders for assessing and addressing the adverse impacts of business activities on human rights.

This Guidance and Toolbox is modelled on HRIA for large-scale business projects conducted at the project or site level. However, many of the sections will be relevant in other contexts and could usefully be adapted to suit smaller projects or different types of business activities, or be utilised when integrating human rights into environmental, social and health impact assessments. For information on sector wide impact assessments, see the SWIA page.