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

UN Working Group guidance on human rights due diligence, Oct 2018

 

OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct, May 2018

 

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

  

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 

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