The Human Rights and Business
Country Risk Portal
CountryRiskPortal.org
Portal@humanrights.dk
   About DIHR
   Why Country Risk?
   What is the Country Risk Portal?
   Full Portal and pilot year
   Country Risk ...
The Danish Institute
for Human Rights
The Danish Institute for Human Rights

National Human Rights Institution

Founded 1987

National and International Mandate
The Danish Institute for Human Rights

Human Rights and Business Department

    Established 1999

    Corporate engagemen...
Why country risk?
Why country risk?
Country Conditions Impact Operations
Characteristics of local markets create human rights risks for comp...
Why country risk?
    Country Conditions Impact Operations
    Characteristics of local markets create human rights risks ...
Why country risk?
Current Approaches
Company country risk assessment practices


     LARGE ENTERPRISES
     Small and med...
What is the Country Risk Portal?
What is the Country Risk Portal?


In a Nutshell

 The Country Risk Portal is a free website that helps
 companies identif...
What is the Country Risk Portal?

Identify, Assess, Address Framework
The Portal describes human rights risks, pinpoints t...
What is the Country Risk Portal?

Identify, Assess, Address Framework
The Portal describes human rights risks, pinpoints t...
What is the Country Risk Portal?

Identify, Assess, Address Framework
The Portal describes human rights risks, pinpoints t...
What is the Country Risk Portal?

Identify, Assess, Address Framework
The Portal describes human rights risks, pinpoints t...
What is the Country Risk Portal?

Identify, Assess, Address Framework
The Portal describes human rights risks, pinpoints t...
What is the Country Risk Portal?

Identify, Assess, Address Framework
The Portal describes human rights risks, pinpoints t...
What is the Country Risk Portal?

Identify, Assess, Address Framework
The Portal describes human rights risks, pinpoints t...
What is the Country Risk Portal?

Identify, Assess, Address Framework
The Portal describes human rights risks, pinpoints t...
What is the Country Risk Portal?

Identify, Assess, Address Framework
The Portal describes human rights risks, pinpoints t...
How is the
Portal Different?
How is the Portal Different?

1   Comprehensive Coverage
    The Portal addresses all internationally
    recognized human...
How is the Portal Different?

     Comprehensive Coverage
CORRUPTION                                     HEALTH           ...
How is the Portal Different?

2   Freely Available
    All Portal information is published online, free of charge



     ...
How is the Portal Different?

3    In-Country Process
     Portal information is extended through engagement with
     loc...
Portal Development
Portal Development

Objective
The Portal aims to cover 100+ countries over the next four years
Portal Development

Objective
The Portal aims to cover 100+ countries over the next four years


Portal Pilot
DIHR has bee...
Portal Development

Pilot Countries            1.    Bangladesh         11.   Uganda
Country risk information   2.    Boli...
Country Risk Contents
Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal
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Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal
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Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal
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Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal
Testing and Feedback
Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal
                            Testing and Feedback

Testing
The Country Risk P...
Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal
                              Testing and Feedback

Feedback
The Country Ris...
Country Risk Portal Launch
CountryRiskPortal.org
Dec. 1, 2010
Portal@humanrights.dk
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This presentation describes objective and contents of the Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal, a free website that helps companies identify, assess and address human rights risks in the countries where they operate.

The Country Risk Portal will be launched at CountryRiskPortal.org on 1 Dec., 2010.

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The Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal

  1. 1. The Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal CountryRiskPortal.org Portal@humanrights.dk
  2. 2.  About DIHR  Why Country Risk?  What is the Country Risk Portal?  Full Portal and pilot year  Country Risk Briefing contents  Feedback and discussion
  3. 3. The Danish Institute for Human Rights
  4. 4. The Danish Institute for Human Rights National Human Rights Institution Founded 1987 National and International Mandate
  5. 5. The Danish Institute for Human Rights Human Rights and Business Department Established 1999 Corporate engagement Research and tool development Capacity building
  6. 6. Why country risk?
  7. 7. Why country risk? Country Conditions Impact Operations Characteristics of local markets create human rights risks for companies
  8. 8. Why country risk? Country Conditions Impact Operations Characteristics of local markets create human rights risks for companies SECURITY FORCES Excessive use of force  Unlawful equipment  Political affiliations GOVERNMENT RELATIONS Privacy  Electoral rights  Health/education services  Regulatory environment LAND MANAGEMENT CONTRACTORS Legal titles  Compensation Support services  Recruitment  Construction PRODUCTS LEGAL AFFAIRS Unlawful use  Unintended misuse Prosecuting minors  Entrenched discrimination PROCUREMENT COMMUNITY RELATIONS Supplier working conditions  Migrant labour Violence  Informal justice COLLECTIVE CHALLENGES EMPLOYMENT Water use  Pollution Child labor  Employee housing
  9. 9. Why country risk? Current Approaches Company country risk assessment practices LARGE ENTERPRISES Small and medium-size companies lack resources to assess country risk and develop country-specific policies and procedures NO SYSTEMATIC FRAMEWORK Companies lack standard procedures for investigating direct risk and possible complicity with state violations REPUTATIONAL RISK FOCUS Companies focus on the issues where they are vulnerable to public pressure, and disregard issues where they may have greatest impact on human rights
  10. 10. What is the Country Risk Portal?
  11. 11. What is the Country Risk Portal? In a Nutshell The Country Risk Portal is a free website that helps companies identify, assess and address human rights risks in their operations and supply chains.
  12. 12. What is the Country Risk Portal? Identify, Assess, Address Framework The Portal describes human rights risks, pinpoints their relevance to company operations and suggests prevention and mitigation efforts
  13. 13. What is the Country Risk Portal? Identify, Assess, Address Framework The Portal describes human rights risks, pinpoints their relevance to company operations and suggests prevention and mitigation efforts Country Risk  What are the major human rights risks where I do business or have suppliers?
  14. 14. What is the Country Risk Portal? Identify, Assess, Address Framework The Portal describes human rights risks, pinpoints their relevance to company operations and suggests prevention and mitigation efforts Country Risk  What are the major human rights risks where I do business or have suppliers? Risk  Company What is the relevance of these risks to my operations and supply chain?
  15. 15. What is the Country Risk Portal? Identify, Assess, Address Framework The Portal describes human rights risks, pinpoints their relevance to company operations and suggests prevention and mitigation efforts Country Risk  What are the major human rights risks where I do business or have suppliers? Risk  Company What is the relevance of these risks to my operations and supply chain? Diligence  Due How can I manage risk, prevent violations and avoid complicity?
  16. 16. What is the Country Risk Portal? Identify, Assess, Address Framework The Portal describes human rights risks, pinpoints their relevance to company operations and suggests prevention and mitigation efforts Country Risk  What are the major human rights risks Identify where I do business or have suppliers? Risk  Company What is the relevance of these risks to Assess my operations and supply chain? Diligence  Due How can I manage risk, prevent Address violations and ensure non-complicity?
  17. 17. What is the Country Risk Portal? Identify, Assess, Address Framework The Portal describes human rights risks, pinpoints their relevance to company operations and suggests prevention and mitigation efforts Example: Kenya Country Risk  Risk  Company Diligence  Due
  18. 18. What is the Country Risk Portal? Identify, Assess, Address Framework The Portal describes human rights risks, pinpoints their relevance to company operations and suggests prevention and mitigation efforts Example: Kenya Country Risk  Property Ownership VULNERABLE GROUP: WOMEN Risk  Company While women’s right to property is recognised in the constitution, customary law requires women to obtain permission from a male Diligence  Due guardian to acquire land.
  19. 19. What is the Country Risk Portal? Identify, Assess, Address Framework The Portal describes human rights risks, pinpoints their relevance to company operations and suggests prevention and mitigation efforts Example: Kenya Country Risk   DIRECT VIOLATIONS Societal structures in rural areas may exclude women from compensation for Risk  Company appropriated land  COMPLICITY RISK The company may purchase land that has Diligence  Due been cleared of its previous inhabitants by the government or other third parties
  20. 20. What is the Country Risk Portal? Identify, Assess, Address Framework The Portal describes human rights risks, pinpoints their relevance to company operations and suggests prevention and mitigation efforts Example: Kenya Country Risk  Risk  Company  COMPANY POLICIES Recognize women’s right to property under national and international law Diligence  Due  COMPANY PROCEDURES Investigate customary ownership of land Establish grievance procedures
  21. 21. How is the Portal Different?
  22. 22. How is the Portal Different? 1 Comprehensive Coverage The Portal addresses all internationally recognized human rights
  23. 23. How is the Portal Different? Comprehensive Coverage CORRUPTION HEALTH POLITICAL RIGHTS The right to take part in government The right to health The right to take part in government; The right to freedom CHILD LABOUR HOUSING of opinion, expression, thought, The right to education; The right to work The right to adequate housing conscience and religion and just and favourable conditions of work INDIGENOUS PEOPLE PRIVACY DISCRIMINATION The right to participate in cultural The right to privacy The right to freedom from discrimination life; The right to freedom from discrimination PROPERTY OWNERSHIP ENVIRONMENT The right to own property The right to health; The right to adequate LIVING STANDARDS food; The right to an adequate standard of The right to an adequate standard living PUBLIC SECURITY of living FORCES The right to freedom from FAIR TRIAL MIGRATION torture; The right to life, liberty The right to fair trial and recognition as a The right to freedom of movement and security of person person before the law OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH TRADE UNIONS FOOD SECURITY The right to peaceful assembly The right to adequate food AND SAFETY The right to health; The right to and freedom of association work and just and favourable FORCED LABOUR conditions of work WORKING CONDITIONS The right to freedom from forced labour The right to work and just and and servitude favourable conditions of work
  24. 24. How is the Portal Different? 2 Freely Available All Portal information is published online, free of charge Addresses needs of small and medium-size enterprises Ongoing participation of local civil society Links to in-country multistakeholder initiatives
  25. 25. How is the Portal Different? 3 In-Country Process Portal information is extended through engagement with local business, civil society and government stakeholders Gathers information not available through desk research Provides case study examples of current business practices Identifies country-level priorities and initiatives Ongoing updates
  26. 26. Portal Development
  27. 27. Portal Development Objective The Portal aims to cover 100+ countries over the next four years
  28. 28. Portal Development Objective The Portal aims to cover 100+ countries over the next four years Portal Pilot DIHR has been funded to create a pilot version of the Country Risk Portal throughout 2010 OBJECTIVES • Demonstrate content and ACTIVITIES functionality • Needs assessment • Ensure that Portal meets • Stakeholder consultation needs of target users • Country risk information for 20 countries • Three in-country processes • Launch CountryRiskPortal.org
  29. 29. Portal Development Pilot Countries 1. Bangladesh 11. Uganda Country risk information 2. Bolivia 12. Vietnam will be published for: 3. Burkina Faso 13. Zambia 4. Ghana 14. China 5. Kenya 15. India 6. Mali 16. Brazil 7. Mozambique 17. Russia 8. Nepal 18. Indonesia 9. Nicaragua 19. Egypt 10. Tanzania 20. South Africa In-Country Process 1. Indonesia Country missions will be 2. Kenya conducted in: 3. South Africa
  30. 30. Country Risk Contents
  31. 31. Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal Country Risk Contents I. Human Rights Profile II. Priority Issues III. Legal Analysis IV. Sector Risk V. High-Risk Regions VI. Proactive Initiatives
  32. 32. Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal Country Risk Contents I. Human Rights Profile Summary of private-sector risk II. Priority Issues III. Legal Analysis IV. Sector Risk V. High-Risk Regions VI. Proactive Initiatives
  33. 33. Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal Country Risk Contents I. Human Rights Profile II. Priority Issues The most urgent human rights risks to address in policy and procedures III. Legal Analysis IV. Sector Risk V. High-Risk Regions VI. Proactive Initiatives
  34. 34. Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal Country Risk Contents I. Human Rights Profile II. Priority Issues The most urgent human rights risks to RISK INFORMATION address in policy and procedures Legal Protection III. Legal Analysis Rights Enjoyment IV. Sector Risk Company Violations Complicity Risk V. High-Risk Regions VI. Proactive Initiatives
  35. 35. Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal Country Risk Contents I. Human Rights Profile II. Priority Issues The most urgent human rights risks to RECOMMENDATIONS address in policy and procedures Human Rights Standard III. Legal Analysis Company Policy IV. Sector Risk Company Procedures V. High-Risk Regions VI. Proactive Initiatives
  36. 36. Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal Country Risk Contents I. Human Rights Profile II. Priority Issues III. Legal Analysis International commitments, risks in national law IV. Sector Risk V. High-Risk Regions VI. Proactive Initiatives
  37. 37. Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal Country Risk Contents I. Human Rights Profile II. Priority Issues III. Legal Analysis IV. Sector Risk Risks and reported violations in major industry sectors V. High-Risk Regions VI. Proactive Initiatives
  38. 38. Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal Country Risk Contents I. Human Rights Profile II. Priority Issues III. Legal Analysis IV. Sector Risk IV. High-Risk Regions Subnational areas that present additional risk to business VI. Proactive Initiatives
  39. 39. Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal Country Risk Contents I. Human Rights Profile II. Priority Issues EXISTING INITIATIVES Align with poverty alleviation strategies, III. Legal Analysis ongoing private sector projects IV. Sector Risk BARRIERS TO DEVELOPMENT IV. High-Risk Regions What prevents business activities from contributing to development? VI. Proactive Initiatives How can business contribute to sustainable development
  40. 40. Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal Testing and Feedback
  41. 41. Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal Testing and Feedback Testing The Country Risk Portal is currently undergoing testing with all stakeholder groups Download Test Briefings and feedback form at humanrightsbusiness.org Send all comments and questions to Portal@humanrights.dk
  42. 42. Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal Testing and Feedback Feedback The Country Risk Portal is commissioning feedback and comments on the following issues: GENERAL COMMENTS Is this concept and execution useful to your work in the field of business and human rights? ORGANIZATION What are the most relevant sections in the test briefings? INFORMATION What additional information would be useful?
  43. 43. Country Risk Portal Launch CountryRiskPortal.org Dec. 1, 2010 Portal@humanrights.dk

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