Case Study: Human rights due diligence, Chemical & Pharmaceutical

twentyfifty supported a publicly traded chemical and pharmaceutical company in undertaking a human rights risk assessment, developing a Human Rights Policy and conducting a human rights impact assessment in a selected country of operation.

Human Rights Risk Assessment

The assessment included:

  • An overview and prioritisation of potential human rights impacts
  • A gap assessment of policies, systems, procedures and practice against the UN Guiding Principles
  • Engagement with various key functions within the company
  • A written report detailing findings and recommendations.

The gap assessment helped the company identify relevant human rights risks, assess the current management of these risks, and define appropriate next steps to meet the expectations established by the UN Guiding Principles for businesses to undertake human rights due diligence.

Human Rights Policy

The development of the policy included:

  • Benchmarking of competitors’ human rights policies and statements
  • Engagement with various key functions within the company
  • Engagement with external experts and (representatives of) potentially affected groups

Our work provided the company with a detailed policy commitment to respect and support human rights, in line with the UN Global Compact, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, industry best practices and expectations by external stakeholders.

Human Rights Impact Assessment

The impact assessment included:

  • A desk review of known risks in the pharmaceutical and chemical sector and the legal human rights framework in the selected location
  • Identifying stakeholders and affected groups
  • Developing a business assessment framework and detailed questionnaires
  • Undertaking a field trip, which included engagement with (representatives of) affected groups
  • Senior-level workshops at the beginning and at the end of the field trip
  • Writing a summary report presenting the findings back to the business.

The impact assessment enabled the company to gain a more precise understanding of the human rights context of its operations and business relationships in the country and assess and prioritise actual and potential human rights impacts. The team also assessed how the company currently manages those impacts and identified future actions to prevent, mitigate and remediate adverse impacts.

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