Human rights and risk impact assessment

Be pro-active and identify human rights risks

One of the first steps companies need to take as part of their due diligence process is to identify which human rights risks they are facing and to determine what are the most significant or salient ones. As there may be many risks, Human Rights at Work can help you to set priorities to prevent reputational damage as well as taking an impactful pro-active approach. We use our comprehensive knowledge of sectors, countries and issues, and have a broad network among stakeholders to make a assessment.

human rights risk impact assessment

risks in Own international operations

Our approach:

 

  • Mapping countries of operation and identifying country risks, using a country risk register
  • Identifying rightsholders
  • Identifying your business activities
  • A management gap analysis
  • A concrete action plan how to manage these risks and steps to take.
  • Get insight into how your policies and management processes work in practice with a Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA)
  • Using research, legal analysis, interviews of management, workers, communities and other external stakeholders, as well as surveys, to identify what are the main issues to address.

risks in Supply Chains

Our approach:

 

  • Tailored risk analysis to identify which suppliers have priority because of highest risks
  • Using research methodology and databases
  • Research and investigation into specific allegations of human rights violations of specific parts of the value chain
  • Further investigating human rights impacts in a particular supply chain.
  • Research and data gathering from the ground, for example through interviews, workers voice technology, or roundtables
  • External stakeholder consultations
  • Concrete action plan how to manage these risks and impacts. 
  • Leveraging our extensive network to build bridges between corporations, rights- holders, and state actors to effect change for people impacted by business activities

Assess impacts in Asia

HR@W helps to assess the real impact in international operations or supply chains, with a focus on Asia. A tailor-made human rights impact assessment is a welcome addition to your audit approach.

For example for Philips: Human Rights@Work looked at the impact on human rights of one of Philips’ own factories.

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