Businesses have a duty to protect and respect human rights, taking steps to ensure that any risks of abuse are identified and mitigated.
GoodCorporation has significant experience in this area. For over 15 years, we have used our Business Ethics Standard, Worker Welfare and Human Rights Frameworks to help organisations assess the policies and processes in place to mitigate human rights and modern slavery abuses. We review practice at policy level and on the ground and have worked in this area in a broad range of geographical locations including Africa, the Middle East, China, South-East Asia and Latin America.
Prior to assessing policies and procedures, the first step in ensuring that an organisation has the right measures in place is to understand the risks and how to mitigate them. GoodCorporation’s human rights and modern slavery risk assessment services help its clients do this.
Human Rights and Modern Slavery risk workshops
Risk assessment workshops are an effective way of engaging the relevant members of the management team in an in-depth evaluation of the potential human rights and modern slavery risks faced by a business. They allow for interaction and debate and culminate in the development of a clear risk matrix with appropriate mitigation strategies.
A workshop report will be produced and the output can be used as part of an organisation’s Modern Slavery Statement. It can also be used to inform the development or revision of human rights policies and procedures.
The format is as follows:
- Pre-workshop planning to agree the key participants and issues to cover
- Briefing paper sent to all participants ahead of the workshop
- Preparation of tailored workshop materials, including a list of the potential modern slavery and human rights risks faced by the business and/or local business units.
- Development of a tailor-made risk-assessment matrix and a tabular risk assessment spread sheet complete with proposed risk mitigation measures
- Discussion of identified high-risk areas to develop the appropriate risk-management policy and procedures
Following the workshop, the output can be used to inform and develop a Modern Slavery Act statement. GoodCorporation can also review the statement, fill any gaps identified from the risk assessment workshop and also benchmark the statement against other statements produced by GoodCorporation’s clients.