With the unanimous endorsement of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011, companies are increasingly being encouraged through laws, regulations, and voluntary commitments to ensure respect for human rights throughout their operations.
The following presentations by Dr. Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt from Human Analytics and Sylvia White from Aegis Worldwide were taken from a webinar presented on September 9th, 2014. The webinar explored a key element of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights, the need to conduct human rights due diligence.
By implementing a human rights due diligence process companies can identify, prevent, mitigate, and account for how they address their human rights impacts. This process entails conducting a human rights risk assessment of actual and potential human rights impacts, integrating those findings into management systems, tracking effectiveness of responses, and communicating internally and externally how impacts are addressed. An adequate human rights due diligence process is particularly important for the security industry which operates in complex environments where human rights risks are greater due to lack of governance. A number of recently developed standards specifically applicable to security providers include human rights due diligence requirements.