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
August 2012 | Shift
This resource examines how companies can implement the Guiding Principles throughout their supply chains, including identifying and prioritizing risks, using their leverage, understanding the role of auditing and supporting grievance mechanisms.