Human Rights Due Diligence
Failure to identify and address human rights risks and impacts can be costly to a company, potentially resulting in disruption to operations, reputational damage, and legal liability – and ultimately the loss of clients and a company’s social license to operate. An ongoing human rights due diligence process is essential to managing these risks, and is at the heart of a management system that strives for continual improvement in the delivery of quality services in a safe and efficient manner.
With the advent of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the international community has expressed consensus that companies have a responsibility to respect human rights wherever they operate. At the core of the Guiding Principles is the concept of human rights due diligence. Companies must develop policies and processes to identify, prevent, mitigate, and account for how they address their human rights impacts – both actual and potential impacts. This is not an easy task, especially in complex environments characterized by recent or ongoing conflict, weakened rule of law, and often fragile political, economic, and social institutions.
Human Analytics assists our clients seeking to achieve and demonstrate compliance with the Guiding Principles and other standards, which require risk and impact assessment and with particular relevance in complex environments. Click on the boxes below for excerpted due diligence requirements from key standards.
Engaging in a thorough due diligence process – appropriately tailored to your organization’s objectives and operations – is not only the right thing to do, it is the business smart thing to do. Failure to manage risk, including human rights risks, can be costly to a company, potentially resulting in disruption to service provision and higher operating costs, reputational damage, loss of clients, legal liability, and loss of community support. Working in close partnership with our clients, we bring our team’s expertise and experience to bear to ensure that we develop solutions that fit our clients’ needs, are appropriate to the size of their enterprise and the types of services provided, are fitting to the nature and context of their operations, and evolve with changes in the operating environment.