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
Following the establishment of the UN Protect, Respect and Remedy framework, and the more recently endorsed UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (June 2011), we have reviewed and improved our governing requirements and work processes to...
[PDF] OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas
This guidance provides a framework for detailed due diligence as a basis for responsible global supply chain management of tin, tantalum, tungsten, their ores and mineral derivates, and gold...The purpose of this Guidance is to help companies respect...
Author: adidas Group
The need for companies to understand and address human rights as a responsible business practice is growing. For the adidas Group this is reflected in the following key drivers. The first is the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises…revised…in...
Parties reach agreement in OECD Guidelines case regarding Nidera’s human rights policies and practices in Argentina
In the context of an OECD Guidelines case, the NGOs CEDHA, INCASUR, Oxfam Novib and SOMO have reached an agreement with the Netherlands-based agricultural MNE Nidera regarding the company’s human rights policies and practices. As part of the agreement...
- Related stories: Dutch National Contact Point for OECD Guidelines publishes agreement between agricultural company Nidera & NGOs regarding human rights policies & practices
- Related in-depth areas: Americas Europe & Central Asia Human rights due diligence
- Related companies: Nidera
International Council on Mining and Metals publishes guide on Integrating human rights due diligence into corporate risk management processes
Author: International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)
...The guide aims to assist mining companies in reviewing their existing risk management processes, identifying how they can build on them to ensure they are adequately addressing human rights and whether their existing processes are consistent with...
Author: Laura Richman, Mayer Brown law firm, in Mondaq Business Briefing
[T]he US Securities and Exchange Commission adopted the final rule [of the Dodd-Frank Act] regarding disclosure of the use of conflict minerals that originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo...or an adjoining country...The centerpiece of the...
Author: Kuoni Travel Holding
The assessment process was designed to be in line with UN guiding principle 18, which presents the most widely accepted benchmark for human rights impact assessments by corporations. In particular the project: - drew on independent external human...
Author: Nokia Siemens Networks
The core of our approach is to identify cases with high risk of misuse before a sale takes place. We do this with the help of our human rights due diligence process, which is created according to the United Nations guiding principles on business and...
[PDF] Human rights due diligence process: a practical guide to implementation for oil and gas companies
Author: IPIECA (Global oil and gas industry association for environmental & social issues)
The purpose of this guide is to assist oil and gas companies in implementing a due diligence process for human rights. This can be an essential part of a company’s overall risk management strategy, especially in countries where human rights issues may...
Author: Andrei Galaev, CEO, Sakhalin Energy Investment Company
As Sakhalin Energy CEO I would like to share with you some approaches used in our company. These practices have been successful for us, our partners and stakeholders...From our perspective, there are FIVE critical steps to put Guiding Principles to...
- Related in-depth areas: Company-based grievance mechanisms Europe & Central Asia Human rights due diligence
- Related companies: Sakhalin Energy (joint venture Shell, Gazprom, Mitsui, & Mitsubishi)