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New guide provides companies with practical approaches to understanding human rights risks related to COVID-19 & making rights-respecting business decisions

"Making Rights-Respecting Business Decisions in a COVID-19 World", May 2020

This resource aims to provide companies with a set of practical and immediately applicable approaches to better understand rising human rights risks related to the pandemic and how to make rights-respecting business decisions in response.

Everywhere, human rights are at risk from the impacts of COVID-19. People around the world fear for their life and health, livelihoods, civil liberties and privacy, to name just a few issues. At the same time, many businesses are facing existential threats, as they seek to survive or adapt to a new and unprecedented reality. As they make painful decisions, companies need to bring precision thinking to how their choices will impact the lives of people that work for, depend on, or are otherwise connected to their business...

Five practical approaches...

1. Apply the lens of vulnerability to prioritize action...

2. Involve relevant stakeholders in critical decision-making processes...

3. Use leverage with governments on policy responses...

4. Communicating clearly about your actions...

5. Have honest discussions about risks that are baked into the business model...

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