The fourth step of human rights due diligence is communicating about the company’s efforts to prevent and address human rights risks. This means that the company should be prepared to demonstrate the effectiveness of its efforts in practice. There will be a range of audiences for the company to consider, ranging from affected stakeholders to shareholders and investors, to human rights experts to governments and others who are interested in or concerned about the company’s human rights performance. Companies whose operations or business relationships involve severe human rights risks should report formally on their efforts.
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May 2017 | Michelle Langlois, Shift; supported by the UK Department for International Development, EY and Hermes Investment Management
This research assesses 74 of the world's largest companies for their maturity in reporting on human rights.
August 2016 | Partners: Mazars, Boston Common Asset Management, Clinique internationale de défense des droits humains de l’Université de Québec à Montréal, EY, Hermes Investment Management, Walden Asset Management
Through our reporting program we engage with companies, governments, investors and others about how reporting can be a driver of improved business respect for human rights.
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.
December 2015 | Shift, UN Global Compact
This webinar explores how business can use the UN Guiding Principles Framework to report in a meaningful way on human rights risks and impacts. The webinar also features speakers from Shift, H&M and Newmont.
July 2015 | Shift
This brief explains how the UK Modern Slavery Act aligns to the Guiding Principles, and how companies can meaningfully and efficiently meet expectations of both the Act and the Guiding Principles.
February 2015 | Shift, Mazars
The UNGP Reporting Framework and its 31 “smart” questions guide a company through the steps they should take to both manage human rights risks and report on them.
July 2014 | Anna Triponel
The UK Financial Reporting Council's new guidance lays out expectations for companies on reporting on human rights.
June 2014 | Shift
This resource analyzes corporate reporting from 43 companies between 2013 and 2014 to examine how they report on human rights in line with expectations of the Guiding Principles.