Tips for Effective Engagement of Right Holders on Human Rights Issues
Engaging people on a sensitive human rights issues requires a thoughtful and diverse approach. Firms that fail to respect these principles and certain procedures have to contend with various risks to operations and negative consequences for their reputation. This briefing paper is based on extensive experience and projects, and discusses steps firms can take to build confidence and effectively engage stakeholders in a open, safe, and empathetic environment.
Open communication and commitment to the human rights process; educating and training stakeholders and leadership on relevant laws and standards, and creating multiple reporting channels are some of the ways businesses can establish a trusted environment to engage on human rights issue. Businesses can then effectively manage risks associated with human rights by establishing robust procedures, policies, and mechanisms following these engagements.
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