Corporate Human Rights Impact Assessments

Ten years ago, one would not use the words ‘business’, ‘human rights’ and labour in the same sentence, as they were perceived at the time, as being diametrically opposed.

However, this has changed with the UN Global Compact which is a “strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. By doing so, business, as a primary driver of globalization, can help ensure that markets, commerce, technology and finance advance in ways that benefit economies and societies everywhere”. This ever-increasing understanding is reflected in the Global Compact's rapid growth. With over 10,000 corporate participants and other stakeholders from over 130 countries, it is the largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative in the world. (UN Global Compact)

On 16 June 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council endorsed the Guiding Principles for the Implementation of the UN "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework. The UN Guiding Principles, provide an authoritative global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity. (UN Global Compact)

Our clients include BHP Billition and our services to companies include:

  1. Diagnosis of companies' human rights strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  2. Planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting on human rights compliance
  3. Independent audits of corporate human rights compliance and the impact of such compliance on business and social justice
  4. Shareholder, employee, client and community satisfaction surveys
  5. Employee human rights surveys
  6. Research, training and capacity development