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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

2. Examples of implementation & uses


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

2. Examples of implementation & uses

Below are selected examples of corporate human rights due diligence practices.  For more examples, see references to human rights due diligence on our Company Action Platform and Myanmar Foreign Investment Tracking Project.

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“Agroempresarios guatemaltecos realizan foro de derechos humanos”, 4 de diciembre de 2018...

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22 November 2018

Commentary: European Parliamentarians want to move on human rights due diligence legislation, says ECCJ

Author: European Coalition for Corporate Justice

ECCJ [...] spoke to the Belgian federal parliament’s intergroup on Fair Trade at its annual meeting on 20 November 2018... The intergroup's members expressed interest in further discussions on possible human rights due diligence rules for Belgium.....

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30 May 2018

Report: analysis of human rights due diligence in supply chains

Author: Norton Rose Fulbright and the British Institute for International and Comparative Law

Making sense of managing human rights issues in supply chains: 2018 report and analysis, May 2018....

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28 March 2018

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

The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, which is mandated by the Human Rights Council to promote worldwide dissemination and implementation of the Guiding Principles, has decided to focus its 2018 report to the UN General Assembly on...

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27 March 2018
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Author: Ecodiario (España)

“Cepes alberga la presentación de la 'guía de aplicación de la debida diligencia sobre derechos humanos para empresas’”, 23 de marzo de 2018...

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20 March 2018

Commentary: Artificial intelligence can positively impact supply chain management if it internalises knowledge re human rights

Author: Emre Eren Korkmaz, University of Oxford

"How might artificial intelligence transform corporate sustainability policies?" 20 March 2018...

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23 October 2017

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 ...

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19 September 2017

Mazars & Shift launch assurance guidance to help assess companies' human rights performance & reporting

Following several years of development, Mazars and Shift launch Assurance Guidance on human rights, intended to help internal auditors and external assurance providers assess companies’ human rights performance and reporting. [refers to Citigroup, H...

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13 September 2017

Civil society urges businesses & govts. to put human rights at core of implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goals

In advance of the United Nations Private Sector Forum 2017, civil society leaders urge businesses and governments to ensure that respect for human rights is an integral part of all actions towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)....

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6 July 2017

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...

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