Do you want to have an idea of your human rights impacts, but you are not ready yet to undergo a human rights impact assessment of your business operations? Then this service can provide you with an understanding of the general human rights abuses common to your business sector and country of operation. Research can be a combination of desk and field research. The desk research looks into the existing literature and public sources available for the relevant business sector and country. While the field research allows to engage with relevant stakeholders, including public authorities, NGOs, trade unions and business associations and get their perspective. If you want to know more about how I conduct stakeholders engagement please visit my Stakeholders Engagement service.
In order to understand which risks your business may be exposed to, it is important to know which are the human rights standards to look at. This can be done by looking both at the relevant national and international legislation. Companies can impact virtually the entire spectrum of internationally recognised human rights, and should consequently respect all those rights. However, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) identify the minimum of the rights to be respected to be those included in the International Bill of Human Rights (composed of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) and the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Consequently, the research focus could be on all human rights or a specific category of rights at particular risk, for example, labour rights.
Research on your business sector risks could be paired with peer benchmarking, meaning looking at your competitors to see what they are doing within their human rights due diligence process to address their human rights risks. This could give you the opportunity of becoming aware of multi-stakeholders initiatives in your business sector or on a particular topic, like forced labour, you might be interested in joining. If you want to see some examples of the research I have done, please see the publications on the Projects page.
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