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

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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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1 January 2011

Human Rights Due Diligence [in Statoil Annual Report 2011]

Author: Statoil

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...

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1 January 2011

[PDF] OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas

Author: OECD

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...

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1 July 2011

[PDF] Human Rights and Responsible Business Practices: Frequently Asked Questions

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...

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5 March 2012

Parties reach agreement in OECD Guidelines case regarding Nidera’s human rights policies and practices in Argentina

Author: CEDHA

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...

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19 April 2012

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...

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7 September 2012

United States: US Securities And Exchange Commission Adopts Final Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule

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...

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31 October 2012

Kuoni: Assessing human rights impacts - Kenya Pilot Project Report

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...

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1 November 2012

[PDF] Human Rights and Due Diligence

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...

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1 November 2012

[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...

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4 December 2012

[PDF] [Statement by Andrei Galaev, CEO, Sakhalin Energy Investment Company]

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...

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