Now Available! The Human Rights Due Diligence Tool.
From an overwhelming task, to reaching the finish line.
Ever felt like implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) would be a good idea, but not sure how to begin respecting all 48 human rights as a business? You are not alone. An overhaul of your CSR approach can seem daunting. But we at GLOBAL CSR know about the potential challenges that you may face in this process, and we are here to help.
What we have found through our extensive work with the UNGPs, and businesses going about their implementation, is that people need information that is understandable and accurate and tools that are guided and accessible. We have spent a vast amount of energy in the last year creating a new system to revolutionise the way businesses go about assessing and addressing their adverse impacts on human rights; in other words, we have created a system which simplifies companies’ due diligence, a UNGPs requirement. We want to make respecting human rights a comprehensive reality, and we know that to do this, we need to make this process as smooth as possible.
Where to begin?
Meet John. John works in HR. He is concerned about a pregnant colleague who has reported that she feels overworked, and needs more support. This is not the first time he has come across this issue among his colleagues. He is afraid this overwork might be having an adverse impact on female employees’ right to the protection of Mothers, before and after childbirth in general.
But how does he report this? Should he say something to his management? Should he handle it as a stand-alone or a more general issue? How should he report this problem in order to make sure this impact is mitigated and prevented from reoccurring?
Introducing the new Human Rights Due Diligence Tool
Luckily, John is now a user in our new Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) tool. He no longer has to bury himself in different papers and documents to find out how to go about reporting the impact. The tool takes John by the hand and guides him through the UNGPs aligned due diligence process; this guidance includes not only examples and requirements from the UN Guiding Principles, but also descriptions and examples of adverse human rights impacts in a business context.
It also shows the entire list of Human Rights and describes the various requirements and expectations under the UNGPs, including references if he wishes to understand the Guiding Principles in more detail. The tool ensures that John takes the correct steps to manage the impact properly. John uses this information to fill out his assessment, and he sends it for “review”.
Better risk management and credible communication
Clara, the head of the company’s CSR and Quality division receives this information. As an assigned “reviewer” she quality assures John’s assessment and makes sure there is enough information. She is worried about the situation with the pregnant colleague and decides to appoint a person to be responsible for mitigation.
By managing the impact quickly and efficiently, she is also reducing the risk of reoccurrence. Clara is pleased that it can be handled in such a short space of time. By using the HRDD tool Clara and her management are now able to manage impacts on all human rights and get a solid overview of the adverse impacts their company is causing, contributing or linked to through their business relationships. This advantage comes from the tool’s inherent ability to log and list all impact assessments, which have been completed and approved by a reviewer, in an internal overview. This list is particularly useful for Clara and others for managing not only the risks of employees and other relevant right holders, but also for reputational, financial and potentially legal risks in terms of living up to the business’ social responsibility.
Besides enabling improved risk management and UNGPs aligned due diligence, the tool also enables easy-access data gathering by generating external communication reports. Coupled with the notification email system, this ensures improved transparency. Clara can use this for improved and credible CSR communication, particularly in the case of an issue arising internally or in the value chain.
Shared knowledge and responsibility
This simple example illustrates how this platform helps to speed up and facilitate action and shared knowledge amongst employees – and it doesn’t end there.
Ever worried about how to keep track of all business units worldwide? Our tool can incorporate and give you an overview of all reports from numerous different business units all over the world. It can also be put into the hands of selected stakeholders and/or employees on the ground by granting them access to the reporter function. This allows for collaborative action and spurs the feeling of co-ownership and responsibility. Combined with the real-time updates and delegation options in the tool, this can solve the potential challenges posed when it comes to keeping track of units spread across the globe.
This is also useful for delegation. No one single individual has to read through heavy reports from all business units – tasks can be shared, saving employee time and energy. Additionally, suppliers can also be invited to submit assessments. Finally, the system registers and organises all this information. You no longer have to keep track of several reports hidden in a desk drawer. The tool stays up to date, and gives you an instant overview.
Simplification is Key
To identify impacts on all human rights as part of the due diligence process is essential for anyone concerned with meeting the global standard on social sustainability. But we know guidance is important. The HRDD Tool is uniquely qualified to assist and support you when conducting a UNGPs aligned due diligence process. It has been specifically developed to make respecting human rights in practice more accessible. Simplification is key, as is accuracy.
There are three versions of the HRDD tool: Singular and Corporate and Business Relations. If you would like more information about this tool, please see our HRDD Flyer, visit the csrCloud, or sign up.