Introducing the Business & Human Rights Navigator
New Business and Human Rights Navigator unveiled by UN Global Compact, Helpdesk on Business & Human Rights and Verisk Maplecroft
London, March 29, 2022: Working in close collaboration, the UN Global Compact, the German Government’s Helpdesk on Business & Human Rights and global risk intelligence company Verisk Maplecroft have launched the Business & Human Rights Navigator (BHR Navigator). The comprehensive online resource has been specifically developed to help companies better understand and address human rights impacts in their global operations and supply chains.
Users will be able to access clear, actionable guidance from internationally recognised experts. The Navigator includes in-depth analysis of key human rights issues, due diligence recommendations, as well as impactful case studies illustrating how other businesses have responsibly addressed human rights impacts.
The BHR Navigator will help businesses get to grips with the most common human rights issues that they come into contact with, either through their own operations or their supply chain. Companies can currently explore 10 issues ranging from child labour, freedom of association and migrant workers to occupational health and safety, forced labour and indigenous peoples, with scope for more to be added.
Each issue includes:
- An overview of the human rights issue
- Risk factors for key industries
- Due diligence suggestions
- Case studies
- Additional recommended resources
Critically, the Navigator includes unique guidance on how these issues can be managed across different sectors through the following due diligence steps:
- Policy development
- Impact assessment
- Integration/actions to address impacts
- Performance tracking
- Communication of performance
- Remediation and grievance mechanisms
The resources were developed in coordination with some of the world’s principal human rights organisations, including UN Human Rights (OHCHR) and the International Labour Office (ILO), which provided technical support on the principles of international labour standards as they concern company operations.
The dilemma for responsible businesses is how to respect human rights in practice, particularly where they face complex social, political and economic contexts or situations that do not have easy straightforward solutions. The Navigator’s in-depth analysis, human rights due diligence recommendations and inspirational case studies will help companies unravel these issues, take action and ultimately address their impacts, states Liudmila Chambers, principal Human Rights Consultant at Verisk Maplecroft.
The BHR Navigator, which will be available in English, German and Spanish, is informed by and aligned with the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). As a result, it will also enhance companies’ understanding of how the UNGPs can be adopted and implemented in practical terms.
'The Business & Human Rights Navigator cuts through the noise and provides clear, comprehensive guidance in line with international standards to show businesses everywhere how to enact an effective due diligence process and take meaningful actions that contribute to a world where no one is left behind,' adds Sanda Ojiambo, CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact.