Business & Human Rights
More than ever, consumers are concerned with how food is grown, goods are sourced and manufactured, and buildings and infrastructure are constructed. They increasingly demand businesses to respect rights. So too do regulators: in recent years governments throughout the world have introduced laws in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). These require public reporting on human rights risks in supply chains and how businesses are addressing these concerns, with those who fail to act facing regulatory action and reputational damage.
Our team is passionate about helping clients understand how they impact human rights across their operations and value chain. We equip businesses with the tools and know-how to mitigate human rights risks, ranging from labour rights in construction in the UAE to child exploitation in farming in Zambia. With backgrounds in human rights law, advocacy, gender studies and compliance, our regional specialists come from every continent. They bring a nuanced and contextualised perspective to our work.
Social Impact and Human Rights Services
Empower your organisation to realise the business value of social performance by leveraging our Social Impact and Human Rights Services. From human rights due diligence and social impact assessment to ethical trade and just transition, our services empower organizations to thrive while contributing to a world where ethical values and social responsibility take centre stage.
Our recommendations align with the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights, ILO Fundamental Conventions, OECD Due Diligence Guidance and Guidelines, the World Benchmarking Alliance’s Social Transformation Framework, and Just Transition Initiative.
- Designing, implementing and conducting gap analysis of standalone human rights policies and embedding human rights considerations to other business areas.
- Assessing human rights risks and impacts (HRRAs and HRIAs) and recommending mitigation and remediation measures, including in conflict settings.
- Evaluating the human rights policies and track record of suppliers, contractors, customers and acquisition targets.
- Supporting global businesses identify and address human rights risks across their value chain, aligned with new and emerging supply chain regulations
- Screening investment portfolios to identify and monitor high-risk holdings.
- Investigating allegations of human rights abuses and supporting businesses to develop remediation plans.
- Partnering with human rights law firms and NGOs to advocate for communities and society harmed by corporate wrongdoing.
Modern Slavery Act
Modern slavery is a global issue. According to the United Nations, 40.3 million people are subjected to modern slavery through forced labour each day. In the UK, there are estimates of as many as 138,000 people who are trapped in modern slavery.
EU Human Rights Due Diligence
The UNGP describes the ongoing process that all businesses should undertake to identify, prevent, mitigate, and account for its impact on human rights.
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