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Human Rights Compliance Assessment Presentation

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This is a presentation we've made to promote the Human Rights Compliance Assessment, a checklist tool that allows companies to measure their human rights performance. …

This is a presentation we've made to promote the Human Rights Compliance Assessment, a checklist tool that allows companies to measure their human rights performance.

We would be very interested to hear comments on this presentation. We hope it's self-explanatory, but we welcome any feedback on content or presentation.

We created this tool to improve companies' human rights performance, so it's very important that we get the messaging right. Thanks for your feedback!


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  • 1. The Human Rights Compliance Assessment
  • 2. About this Presentation This presentation describes the concept, features and application of the Human Rights Compliance Assessment, a comprehensive tool that allows businesses to measure their performance on international human rights principles. Access the HRCA at HumanRightsBusiness.org
  • 3. Agenda 1. The need for a human rights tool 2. What is the HRCA? 3. HRCA content and features 4. How to use the HRCA 5. The HRCA in practice 6. Accessing the HRCA
  • 4. 1. The Need for a Human Rights Tool Why is it important to systematically assess your company’s human rights risks and performance?
  • 5. The Need for a Human Rights Tool 1. Improve Human Rights Performance Human rights assessments help companies prevent and mitigate abuses, and avoid complicity in human rights violations committed by third parties
  • 6. The Need for a Human Rights Tool 1. Improve Human Rights Performance Reduce reputational risk
  • 7. The Need for a Human Rights Tool 1. Improve Human Rights Performance Reduce reputational risk Legal liability Companies are increasingly exposed to home, host and extraterritorial legislation concerning their social impacts
  • 8. The Need for a Human Rights Tool 1. Improve Human Rights Performance Reduce reputational risk Legal liability Operational risk Human rights violations can lead to blockades, work stoppages, sabotage and other actions that could affect output.
  • 9. The Need for a Human Rights Tool 2. Corporate Commitments Human rights assessments help companies implement their values
  • 10. The Need for a Human Rights Tool 2. Corporate Commitments External commitments
  • 11. The Need for a Human Rights Tool 2. Corporate Commitments Internal commitments Code of conduct Business principles More than 250 multinational companies have publicly committed to upholding human rights principles in their operations
  • 12. The Need for a Human Rights Tool 3. Investor Requirements 60% of worldwide project finance includes social criteria Socially responsible investment makes up 11% of U.S. investment flows
  • 13. The Need for a Human Rights Tool 4. Reputational Risk and Unclear Responsibilities in Non-Technical Risk Challenging Locations Human rights assessments help companies set standards and performance benchmarks when operating in high-risk environments
  • 14. The Need for a Human Rights Tool 4. Reputational Risk and Unclear Responsibilities in Non-Technical Risk Challenging Locations Legal conflicts International standards may be absent or contradicted in domestic law
  • 15. The Need for a Human Rights Tool 4. Reputational Risk and Unclear Responsibilities in Non-Technical Risk Challenging Locations Complicity in violations Companies may assist in or benefit from host state rights abuses
  • 16. 2. What is the HRCA? The Human Rights Compliance Assessment is an online checklist tool that allows companies to comprehensively measure their compliance with international human rights principles.
  • 17. What is the HRCA? HRCA objective Benchmark and improve human rights performance Monitor and report progress Define legal responsibilities and development opportunities Build internal awareness and capacity
  • 18. What is the HRCA? HRCA Objective: Benchmark and improve human rights performance Monitor and report performance Define legal responsibilities and development opportunities Build internal awareness and capacity
  • 19. What is the HRCA? How does the HRCA make human rights standards operational?
  • 20. What is the HRCA? How does the HRCA make human rights standards operational? 80 international Company Translate human rights into Policy instruments Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Company International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, International Covenant Procedures on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, International Labour Organization Core Conventions, etc. Company Performance
  • 21. What is the HRCA? Example: Right to Religious Freedom Human Rights Instruments The right is recognized in:  Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)  International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966)  Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief (1981)  Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (1965)  International Labour Organization: Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958
  • 22. What is the HRCA? Example: Right to Religious Freedom What does this rights principle mean for companies?
  • 23. What is the HRCA? Example: Right to Religious Freedom Company Policy The company publicly commits to: Recognize religious expression Prohibit religious harassment
  • 24. What is the HRCA? Example: Right to Religious Freedom Company Procedures Systems, directives and guidelines ensure that: Workers are allowed to express religion at the workplace Workers are allowed to take religious holidays If abuses occur, workers can file grievances confidentially and anonymously
  • 25. What is the HRCA? Example: Right to Religious Freedom Company Performance Company monitoring and audits: Track incidents of harassment Follow up on grievances
  • 26. What is the HRCA? 80 international Company Translate human rights instruments into Policy Company Procedures Company Performance
  • 27. 3. HRCA Content and Features
  • 28. The HRCA Tool Checklist Tool Traffic light system    Quantitative Legal liability performance scoring Summary report and follow-up Action Plan
  • 29. The HRCA Tool Comprehensive Coverage All internationally recognized human rights 200 questions and more than 1,000 company policy, procedure and performance indicators
  • 30. The HRCA Tool Comprehensive Coverage Questions target company function areas  Employment Practices Forced labour  Child labour and young workers  Non-discrimination  Freedom of association  Working conditions  Workplace health and safety  Community Impact Acquisition of land  Environmental impact  Provision of housing, water, sanitation, electricity, education and healthcare  Operations in remote areas  Supplier, Customer and Government Relations Supply chain and recruitment agency management  Advertising and labeling  Complicity in violations by third parties  Bribery and corruption
  • 31. The HRCA Tool Consultation and Testing 2002-2005: Consultation process 70 companies, 50 human rights organizations, 35 international rights experts Piloted with Shell International Content and interface fully updated in 2010
  • 32. 4. How to Use the HRCA Getting started
  • 33. Using the HRCA 1. Log On
  • 34. Using the HRCA 2. Choose sector and countries of operation
  • 35. Using the HRCA 3. View checklist
  • 36. Using the HRCA 4. Answer questions and indicators
  • 37. Using the HRCA 5. Review summary report
  • 38. 5. The HRCA in Practice How companies use the HRCA
  • 39. The HRCA in Practice Meet human rights commitments Develop internal policies and systems Compare to external human rights frameworks
  • 40. The HRCA in Practice Customise to company Tailor human rights checklists to company operations, locations and function areas ‘We have been working with DIHR since 2007 to develop a tool our subsidiaries and units can use to make sure that their practices are in fact aligned with the Total Code of Conduct and the principles set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the ILO’s fundamental conventions.’ — Total Oil Environment and Society Report 2009
  • 41. The HRCA in Practice Customise to sector Tailor human rights checklists to risks associated with certain industries and activities Pharmaceutical Financial Right to health Valuation criteria Access to medicines Project finance Stakeholder engagement
  • 42. The HRCA in Practice Site Visits DIHR applies checklists by interviewing country managers and local function-area heads ‘The methodology makes it possible, by means of self assessments guided by independent experts from the Danish Institute for Human Rights, to identify behaviour and decisions that can have an impact on human rights in all types of business and operational areas.’ — Eni.com
  • 43. The HRCA in Practice Self-Application The company conducts its own site visits and interviews, with DIHR assisting in initial scoping and final data analysis Novartis Indonesia tested a draft version of the HRCA tool for pharmaceutical companies […] Testing the tool particularly improves the methodology and the integration into existing management systems of pharmaceutical companies — Novartis Communication on Progress, 2009
  • 44. The HRCA in Practice Supply Chain The company applies the HRCA in its suppliers and business partners ‘In 2007, Groupe SEB decided to assess the practices of all its sites of more than 10 employees regarding respect for human rights, with the HRCA’ — GroupeSEB.com
  • 45. The HRCA in Practice Identifying Due Diligence Companies use the HRCA to identify due diligence steps toward preventing and mitigating human rights abuses, particularly in challenging contexts Internal Awareness-Raising The operational nature of the tool allows managers and employees to tie specific tasks to broader objectives, increasing uptake and retention
  • 46. Additional Checks
  • 47. Additional Checks HRCA Quick Check Free, condensed version of HRCA Developed in cooperation with development finance institutions, SMEs
  • 48. Additional Checks Measures company performance against all 10 Global Compact Principles
  • 49. Additional Checks China Check Checklists tailored to Chinese law and practice Developed in cooperation with Chinese businesses, government officials and NGOs
  • 50. 6. Accessing The HRCA
  • 51. Accessing the HRCA Subscription Free versions
  • 52. Accessing the HRCA Subscription Free versions