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7 Apr 2020

Business & Human Rights (BHR) and Semilla Consultores

New guide proposes a due diligence framework for businesses to manage the COVID-19 crisis

"COVID-19: Business and Human Rights: How to take advantage of the due diligence framework to manage the crisis", 1st April 2020 

...This guide proposes that businesses use the human rights due diligence framework as a starting point to approach the crisis in the context of their business. It is intended to be a practical contribution to illuminate the key concepts and the rationale of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. Businesses that already have a human rights due diligence procedure in place, will have stronger capacity to react in a more effective and faster manner.

Furthermore, we propose the due diligence framework of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as a methodological structure, oriented not only to the identification of risks and impacts and their management, but also to build differentiated capacities in terms of learning, anticipation and organizational resilience...

This document is not an exhaustive guide on the subject, nor does it substitute the measures imposed by governments. It is only intended to serve as an orientation for business leaders to help them integrate the human rights the human rights approach into their decision making process and communications, in the context of COVID-19 crisis management....