Human Rights policies
A clear human rights policy commitment marks the foundation of a robust human rights risk management and compliance programme, and sets the “tone from the top” for an organisation’s approach to human rights issues. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights require that a policy is approved at the most senior level, prepared with expert advice and made publicly available, amongst other things.
Increasingly, companies are developing and publishing specific human rights policies, or expanding existing policy commitments to cover human rights issues. But preparing a policy is only the beginning of the journey for most businesses. We help our clients design clear and concise policies that can be implemented in practice into their operations, business practices and ethos.
Our most relevant recent experience:
- Advising a transport company on the updating of its human rights policy, taking into account particular sensitivities around freedom of association
- Advising an energy company embarking upon developing a human rights policy, including in relation to treatment of indigenous peoples
- Advising a FMCG company on a programme of governance reform and cultural change required to roll out and implement policy commitments and associated processes