How human rights management reduces risk in the supply chain

Companies operating globally in sectors associated with higher stakeholder risk can benefit from a human rights management strategy. Case studies from various industries show that human rights due diligence practices not only limit violations and infringements of human rights; they also reduce the risk of stakeholder activism. When things go wrong and human rights are impacted, companies need to restore …

The importance of human rights management for business

Business has previously regarded the protection of human rights as a moral imperative. Today, human rights management and due diligence policies are required for good governance and an obligation for operating in the global market. The concept of the protection of human rights emerged as the obligation of government to protect citizens. However, now all companies have the obligation to …

Human rights and community development – an opportunity for integration and alignment

Human rights standards have become increasingly well-defined in recent years. Codified in international, regional and national legal systems, they constitute a set of performance standards against which organisations and governments can be held to account. In the context of community development and social investment, human rights management plays an important part. “Human development and human rights are close enough in …

Integrating human rights management into business practice

Human rights impact every individual and every stakeholder involved in business. To limit risk, it is necessary to identify and analyse stakeholders along a company’s value chain. To understand human rights, what they include and how rights will impact an organisation is important for both management and business practice. To be effective in human rights management, capacity development and training …

The challenge of integrating human rights practices in business management

“The intent of integration is to make respecting human rights part of the parameters within which business is conducted – like ethical behaviour, compliance should ensure leadership from the top to embed respect for human rights, include human rights in relevant training, and develop the capacity to respond to unforeseen situations in a manner that respects human rights.”* Human rights …

Using effective indicators to measure progress on human rights management

The relevance of measuring, managing and reporting on business and human rights indicators cannot be overstated. Valid and reliable indicators could be useful to: assess the size of the human rights issues that companies face; track corporate progress over time; and compare policies, process and impacts across corporations (thus triggering healthy competition). Good human rights indicators may also operate as …

A rightsholder approach to effective human rights management practices

In recent years, companies have made significant progress to understand, come to terms with and implement human rights practices. In general, this statement applies mostly to high-profile industries such as mining, oil and gas. Similarly, manufacturers as suppliers to large retail chains have also come under scrutiny in countries such as China, Indonesia and India. Initiatives such as the United …

Human rights impact assessments – the what, the why, the business case

For large projects and multinational companies, impact assessment studies have become standard. Social, environmental and health impacts are investigated using internationally accepted methodologies and are commissioned to anticipate multiple classes of challenges. Each impact assessment normally addresses a defined area or topic. But experience has proven that standard assessments cannot capture the full range of issues that might trigger or …

Human rights management as part of a business strategy

“Formulating a specific corporate strategy on human rights and embedding this strategy in corporate policies is key to the successful integration of human rights management processes in a company. Such a strategy should provide the vision, map the means to integrate human rights and embody the business commitment to human rights. Taking a strategic position on human rights management can establish …