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
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[PDF] Statement by the Thun Group of Banks - “The Guiding Principles: an interpretation for banks” - A Discussion Paper for banks on Principles 16 – 21 of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
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Author: Madeleine Koalick, twentyfifty, on Business Fights Poverty blog
In 2012, we supported Kuoni, the Swiss travel company, to design and implement their first HRIA and I experienced first-hand the value of such a process for understanding business risk and defining a sustainable business strategy...One important...