Why should business address human rights?

  • Gain business opportunities and obtain competitive advantages

  • Strengthen brand and attract employees

  • Meet increasing expectations and demands from stakeholders

  • Establish and retain social licence to operate

  • Address and mitigate financial, legal and reputational risks

  • Comply with existing and upcoming regulations

  • Respecting human rights is the right thing to do

All businesses have a responsibility to respect and address human right risks throughout their business operations. Businesses are increasingly held accountable for their impact on human rights. Today, businesses are expected to know and show what they do to identify and address human rights impacts in their operations and supply chain. Working actively with human rights enables companies to identify and address their most salient risk, as well as provide competitive advantages and strengthen the brand. On the contrary, not having an adequate management of human rights risk may lead to legal consequences, financial losses, investor divestment and reputational damages. At Ethos International, we are experts in both business and human rights. We provide comprehensive advice on how businesses can integrate human rights in their operations to take responsibility and protect human rights, meet increasing demands from stakeholders as well as to stay ahead of the competition.

We also conduct a number of different trainings on the subject of human rights. Read more under Trainings.

Why should businesses address with human rights?

  • Gain business opportunities and obtain competitive advantages

  • Strengthen brand and attract employees

  • Meet increasing expectations and demands from stakeholders

  • Establish and retain social licence to operate

  • Address and mitigate financial, legal and reputational risks

  • Comply with existing and upcoming regulations

  • Respecting human rights is the right thing to do

Information

Human rights due diligence refers to an ongoing management process that businesses need to undertake to meet its responsibility to respect human rights. Human rights due diligence should include identifying and assessing actual and potential human rights impacts of a company across its operations and throughout its supply chain, integrating and acting upon findings, tracking responses, and communicating how impacts are addressed. The process also involves an assessment of internal procedures and systems, as well as external engagement with groups potentially affected by its operations. Read more

Human rights impact assessment (HRIA) is a critical step in the Human Rights Due Diligence and includes the process of identifying, understanding, assessing and addressing the actual and potential adverse human impacts of a company’s operations. Read more

All businesses have a responsibility to respect and address human right risks throughout their business operations. Businesses are increasingly held accountable for their impact on human rights. Today, businesses are expected to know and show what they do to identify and address human rights impacts in their operations and supply chain. Working actively with human rights enables companies to identify and address their most salient risk, as well as provide competitive advantages and strengthen the brand. On the contrary, not having an adequate management of human rights risk may lead to legal consequences, financial losses, investor divestment and reputational damages. At Ethos International, we are experts in both business and human rights. We provide comprehensive advice on how businesses can integrate human rights in their operations to take responsibility and protect human rights, meet increasing demands from stakeholders as well as to stay ahead of the competition.

We also conduct a number of different trainings on the subject of human rights. Read more under Trainings.

A sample of our services

Build commitment and implement policies and processes

  • Build the business case for your company to address human rights
  • Draft a human rights statement or policy
  • Review existing policies and processes to address and integrate human rights in your operations
  • Set up a process for Human Rights Due Diligence
  • Train management and staff to build internal commitment and capacity on how your business affects human rights throughout the value chain

Identify risks and evaluate impact

  • Map high risk countries and human rights issues relevant to your business
  • Perform human rights impact assessments
  • Identify salient human rights risks throughout your value chain
  • Assess human rights risks and evaluate your actual and potential impact on human rights

Address impacts and act upon findings

  • Develop and implement a strategy to address adverse human rights impacts
  • Set up procedures to prevent and mitigate risks
  • Set up committees and working groups responsible for acting upon findings
  • Set up action plans

Set targets, track and monitor performance

  • Develop targets and key performance indicators
  • Collect and review data
  • Follow up on performance e.g. through audits
  • Initiate and monitor corrective action plans

Engage with stakeholders and enable remediation

  • Identify and engage with external and internal stakeholders to integrate their perspectives in business strategy and actions
  • Set up and implement grievance mechanisms and whistle blower functions for affected stakeholders
  • Set up and support in remediation processes to address adverse human rights impacts

Communicate and report

  • Support your human rights reporting to meet legal requirements
  • Describe processes, risks and progress within human rights in communication
  • Support with communication on human rights risks and challenges
  • Advise on external communication for value creation

Human rights due diligence refers to an ongoing management process that businesses need to undertake to meet its responsibility to respect human rights. Human rights due diligence should include identifying and assessing actual and potential human rights impacts of a company across its operations and throughout its supply chain, integrating and acting upon findings, tracking responses, and communicating how impacts are addressed. The process also involves an assessment of internal procedures and systems, as well as external engagement with groups potentially affected by its operations. Read more

Human rights impact assessment (HRIA) is a critical step in the Human Rights Due Diligence and includes the process of identifying, understanding, assessing and addressing the actual and potential adverse human impacts of a company’s operations. Read more