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.
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.