The objective of human rights due diligence is to prevent and mitigate potential impacts on people’s human rights. After identifying human rights risks, companies need to take action to tackle them. Prevention and mitigation efforts are forward looking – they are focused on attempting to stop potential impacts before they happen, or to reduce their severity as much as possible. Where this involves impacts caused by third parties, a company’s leverage over those third parties becomes crucial. Leverage means the ability to change another’s behavior to try to prevent impacts from occurring. Where impacts do occur despite efforts to prevent them, then the need for remedy comes into the picture. Click on Remediate to learn more about remedy.
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USING LEVERAGE: Companies don't always need to go it alone when addressing their human rights risks. In collaboration with others, companies can build their leverage to prevent harms to people. Find out more in our resource
January 2020 | David Vermijs
Senior Advisor David Vermijs discusses some of the barriers that companies face when aiming to fulfill their responsibility to ensure that workers have freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining (also known as trade union rights)
April 2016 | Shift, UN Global Compact
This webinar, hosted by the UN Global Compact, provides an overview and discussion of how human rights can and should be considered in mergers and acquisitions processes. It features speakers from Shift, Total and Ericsson.
February 2016 | Shift and Mazars; UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework
What are salient human rights issues and why do they matter? This short video introduces the concept and explains how companies should focus on salient issues for both action and reporting.
January 2016 | Anna Triponel, Shift
This resource provides guidance on how companies can identify and address human rights risks when structuring mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions.
September 2015 | Caroline Rees
How companies can avoid four stumbling blocks on the path to respect for human rights.
March 2015 | Shift
This resource focuses on how to do human rights due diligence in high risk circumstances – and how to identify those circumstances in the first place.
January 2014 | Shift
This report reflects learning from a workshop with 12 Dutch companies together with expert stakeholders about how companies can identify and prioritize human rights risks and test their findings through stakeholder engagement.
November 2013 | Shift
This resource walks readers through how a company can systematically and strategically influence the behavior of others, including in its value chain, when seeking to prevent or address human rights risks.