The UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights, offers a framework among others for companies to get a grip on human rights, to be aware of what is taking place and where, to understand and prevent the risks involved, where to focus measures and what to communicate.
Risks and impact assessment
HR@W also helps to assess the real impact in international operations or supply chains. We have experience in implementing tailor-made human rights impact assessment methodologies. 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.
Policy, strategic advice and stakeholder management
Bring existing policies under one umbrella or align them with international standards with a Human Rights Policy. HR@W offers in-depth knowledge of legal and soft law requirements regarding human rights, whether these are labour issues, conflict minerals or due diligence requirements, as well as supporting and coaching when rolling out new policies worldwide.
Implementation requires a strategy involving different internal and external stakeholders. With a broad network of NGOs, government and companies, HR@W can help you create valuable input and facilitate dialogue with stakeholders regarding your journey in implementing human rights.
We can do this in a role as advisor, coach, researcher or by facilitating your meeting with stakeholders.
For example for AholdDelhaize: Human Rights@Work together with its partner Enact Sustainable Strategies helped Ahold Delhaize develop a roadmap for due diligence both at holding level as for the brands.
Or for Friesland Campina: Human Rights@Work facilitated internal and external stakeholder workshops to develop next steps on human rights due diligence for Friesland Campina.
Integration with the business
and monitoring systems
Coaching and advice on gettinghuman rights accepted by the Board or by colleagues. HR@W offers advice for adapting existing management processes, including monitoring systems to become more effective in managing human rights commitments.
For example for Ahold Delhaize: Human Rights@Work developed a gap analysis of all its management processes relevant for human rights.
Tailor-made in-company training to raise awareness on human rights and due diligence, and inspiring colleagues to make human rights a priority. HRW has extensive training experience.
HR@W can help you determine appropriate ways to report and develop the right indicators to measure performance.
This can be done on a website or in a sustainability/CSR report, in an integrated report or even in a separate human rights report.
For example for Indian Mahindra Sanyo Special Steel: Human Rights@Work developed an online video training for internal stakeholders to integrate human rights into their work.
The 17 SDGs that countries adopted to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all, foresee an important role for companies. Some multinationals have already expressed their support for these goals. For enterprises to realise their full contribution to sustainable development, they must put respect for human rights at the heart of their strategy. HR@W can help developing a strategy to contribute to the SDGs with your core business with respect for human rights.
Human Rights@Work worked with the Social Economic Council, the Netherlands, as advisor to develop case studies for the SER report: ‘Seizing opportunities, managing risks-the relationship between SDGs and IRBC’
“When companies drive respect for human rights across their own operations and their global value chains, they generate an unprecedented large-scale positive impact on the lives of people who may be most in need of the benefits of sustainable development.”
Prof Ruggie in his keynote address on November 14, 2016 to the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.
Why human rights for business?
Companies that have worked with HR@W include:
- Friesland Campina
- SBM Offshore
- KPN Telecommunications
- Mahindra Sanyo Special Steel
- Loders Croklaan