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
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
Related stories and components
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Author: Dr Joanna Bourke Martignoni & Dr Elizabeth Umlas, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
"Gender-responsive Due Digilence for Business Actors: Human Rights-based Approaches", December 2018...
Dutch supermarket Jumbo publishes new human rights & due diligence policy in response to Oxfam campaign
Author: Anouk Franck, Oxfam Novib
"The first step is the hardest: Dutch supermarket Jumbo moves in right direction on human rights", 9 April 2019...
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Investors representing $1.3 trillion call on govts to make human rights due diligence mandatory throughout investment lifecycle
On 25 March 2019, the Investor Alliance for Human Rights (IAHR) on behalf of a group of investors representing $1.3 trillion in assets called for enhanced investor due diligence to address environmental, social and governance risks, including human...
Interview: Co's will support EU law on due diligence but need assurances on liability, says sustainability & human rights lead for Mondelez
Author: Benjamin Fox, Euractiv.com
Many companies like ours [Mondelez] are already implementing due diligence measures and we want to avoid a patchwork of legislation at national level…it’s important to have a level playing field....