Due Diligence in Human Rights
Supported by the Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) methodology and aligned with the United Nations guiding principles for business and human rights, human rights due diligence comprises the following:
- Diagnosis, planning, and scope;
- Data collection and baseline development;
- Impact analysis;
- Mitigating and managing impacts, reporting and assessment, and stakeholder engagement throughout the process.
The impacts of human rights on a company’s activities can be external and internal. Therefore, some basic guidelines for creating a safe, harassment-free, dignified, and fair working environment are now required. These include governance structures for adequately addressing human rights issues, such as ombudspersons trained to administer reports of sexual and moral harassment correctly. At the same time, the responsibility of companies for their entire production and supply chains is being defined, even when they did not directly commit potential human rights violations.