Identifying, addressing and preventing human rights risks
Keeping in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, members of the HRC are committed to establishing and deploying Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) coverage in their own operations with the aim to achieve 100% coverage in their high-risk operations by 2025 to address forced labour risks.
HRDD, according to the UN Guiding Principles, is “an ongoing risk management process … in order to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for how [a company] addresses its adverse human rights impacts. It includes four key steps: assessing actual and potential human rights impacts; integrating and acting on the findings; tracking responses; and communicating about how impacts are addressed.”
By joining the HRC, members contribute to an action-based dialogue on how companies can evaluate and address human rights risks at all levels within their own operations, starting with addressing forced labour risks. The vision of the HRC is to ensure an aligned direction of action for the development and expansion of HRDD coverage in the Coalition members’ own operations through the creation of a set of common guidelines and approaches, as well as through sharing key challenges and good practices.
Members also lend their voices to the growing conversation around ending forced labour by supporting transparency and disclosure efforts which acknowledge the risk of forced labour practices within the consumer goods industry, and especially in their own operations. Collectively, members work together to activate pre-competitive practices, such as shaping roundtable discussions, developing open source materials and recognising credible fair labour providers worldwide, to elevate the dialogue on forced labour and support those who employ ethical labour standards.