Case Study: Human Rights Capacity Assessment, Utilities

A major utilities company commissioned twentyfifty to develop a group-wide map of their current management practices against known human rights impacts in the energy sector and to gain a better understanding of the company’s current capacity to identify, prevent or mitigate its human rights impacts.

Our role

The assessment included the following elements:

  • Mapping the known human rights risks in the energy sector against the company’s value chain
  • Preparing a country risk map of countries where the country operates/has projects
  • Mapping external expectations as put forward by ranking and rating agencies, GRI G4 and based on the UN Human Rights Reporting Framework
  • Mapping the company’s current policies and practices to manage human rights impacts against the UN Guiding Principles
  • Presentation of preliminary findings
  • Written report with recommendations of next steps


The project enabled the company to gain a clearer understanding of how to build on existing systems and how to strengthen their approach to implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

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