Human rights due diligence
(credit: UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework)
This section includes general tools, guidance & examples of uses on due diligence. For more specific information on parts of due diligence, see other categories under “Type of step taken”.
According to the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework, human rights due diligence is: “An ongoing risk management process…in order to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for how [a company] addresses its adverse human rights impacts. It includes four key steps: assessing actual and potential human rights impacts; integrating and acting on the findings; tracking responses; and communicating about how impacts are addressed.”
1. Tools & guidance
Doing business with respect for human rights, Global Compact Network Netherlands, Oxfam, Shift, Nov 2016
UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework, Shift & Mazars, Feb 2015 (see p. 17)
Respecting Human Rights – Organisational Capacity Assessment Instrument, Global Compact Network Germany & twentyfifty, 2012
“Human rights impact assessment guidance and toolbox”, Danish Institute for Human Rights, Feb 2016
Corporate Human Rights Benchmark releases ranking results on human rights performance of 98 companies, Aviva Investors, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Calvert Investments, Vigeo-Eiris, Institute for Human Rights and Business, Nordea Wealth Management, & VBDO, to be launched Mar 2017
CSR Risk Check, MVO Nederland, 2017
Related stories and components
UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights convenes multi-stakeholder consultation on corporate human rights due diligence in practice
Author: UN Working Group on business & human rights
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Commentary: Artificial intelligence can positively impact supply chain management if it internalises knowledge re human rights
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John Ruggie receives A.SK Social Science Award; explores key business & human rights developments in acceptance speech
Author: John G. Ruggie
"A.SK Social Science Award 2017, WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Acceptance Speech, John G. Ruggie." 14 Oct 2017 ...
Mazars & Shift launch assurance guidance to help assess companies' human rights performance & reporting
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Civil society urges businesses & govts. to put human rights at core of implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goals
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Good practice note on addressing human rights impacts connected to product misuse endorsed by UN Global Compact Working Group
Author: Meaghan Malloy, UN Global Compact
"Addressing Adverse Human Rights Impacts Connected to Product Misuse", 31 May 2017...
Human rights good practice note for business operating in areas with violent crime endorsed by UN Global Compact Working Group
Author: Lise Smit, UN Global Compact
"Human rights good practice for business operating in areas with violent crime," 31 May 2017...
Author: Tatiana Gos, The Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation (USA)
"Getting Down to Business: Uncovering the Roles Played by Enterprises in Enabling and Preventing Atrocity Crimes," 28 June 2017...
Author: Amnesty International, Bread for the World – Protestant Development Service, Germanwatch, Oxfam Germany
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