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EMPOWERING ORGANIZATIONS, ENHANCING POSITIVE IMPACTS

About

Business and Human Rights (BHR)

We are a passionate team, focused on improving corporate human rights impacts and ESG performance and reporting worldwide. We are based in Barcelona and Bogota but we work all around the world.  We have more than 20 years of expertise.

We are specialized in ESG, sustainability, non-financial reporting, human rights impact, risk assessment and due diligence. We team up with our clients to jointly innovate and raise their human rights performance to the next level. 

Meet our team.

Who we are 

BHR ACADEMY

We are regularly hosting a variety of events and training activities that are directly related to the most pertinent and up-to-date agenda in the business and human rights and ESG field. 

 

These activities and trainings address how best to implement the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) within your organization, as well as various other topics to improve the understanding of the UNGP and overall sustainable business perspectives such as ESG.

BHR MENTORING PROGRAM

Human Rights Due Diligence is a complex process that often needs expert advice. MENTORING is a personalized, flexible programme of accompaniment. It allows us to accompany your company in the development of strategic steps and/ or necessary techniques for the implementation of a Human Rights Due Diligence at all corporate levels.

 

The objective of this programme is to offer specialized support, based on more than 20 years of BHR’s experience, knowledge and business strategy. We ensure that procedures are aligned with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the current International Standard.

EVENTS/NEWS

2020 - BHR contributed to the chapter on Spain in the European Commision report "Study on due diligence requirements through the supply chain". 

The aim of the study is: - to provide a detailed examination of the existing regulation and proposals for due diligence in companies’ own operations and through the supply chain for adverse human rights and environmental impacts, including relating to climate change; - to develop and assess regulatory options,including the possibility of introducing due diligence requirements as a legal duty of care at the European level. This is an initial study for the possible development of regulatory options at the EU level. 

Our Services

We work with companies, governments, multilaterals, civil society organizations and communities to put into practice the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) as well as other strategic business and ESG frameworks and tools.

 

All our projects are socially innovative in the way we approach human rights and ESG performance.

Learn more about our methodology and tools.

 

What we do

Human Rights CORPORATE Policies

Design, update and implement corporate human rights policies.

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NATIONAL ACTION PLANS (NAPs) and strategies

Drafting of NAPs and design of their consultation process.

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RISK MANAGEMENT

Identification of human rights risks to turn them into positive change.

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SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Dialogue and capacity-building for suppliers and contractors.

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REMEDY

Design and implementation of 

grievance mechanisms for an effective remediation.

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Stakeholders CO-CREATION SYSTEM

Co-creation and facilitation of strategic solutions in collaboration with key stakeholders.

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ADAPTIVE training and capacity building

Practical and tailored training sessions that address key aspects related to business and human rights.

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Some of our partnering initiatives

We work closely with the following initiatives and partners, which are at the forefront of social innovation in the area of human rights.

Sharing Rights is a platform to share ideas about labour standards and working conditions. The website is full of practical and great ideas on how to improve access to rights for workers.

This initiative aims to develop a model framework of Human Security Business Partnership to encourage collaboration between the private sector, the public sector, and civil society to address a wide range of security needs on the ground - working towards the UN’s Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

BHR is member of the Expert Working Group of academics and practitioners which is supporting and developing the Human Security Business Partnerships Project.

The UNGP Reporting Framework and its 31 “smart” questions guide a company through the steps they should take to both manage human rights risks and report on them.

BHR has reviewed and given its support to the Spanish translation of the Reporting Framework in collaboration with Shift. You can find the tool here.

BHR and the Spanish Local Network of the Global Compact signed in 2016 a collaboration agreement in the fields of research and capacity-building.

BHR is therefore providing the Spanish network members with especialised on-line learning units and in site training on key issues related to business and human rights such as the implementation of the UNGP.

BHR is the technical assistance of the Business, Conflict and Human Rights Network (BCHR). It is in charge of the coordination of its annual meeting, website and digital newsletter. The Network brings together researchers, practitioners and NGO representatives from various fields with the aim of researching and analysing the role of business in conflict situations as well as the violations of human and peoples’ rights and other social and environmental impacts that such involvement may have. It also looks at the potential role of companies in relation to peace building.

Since 2015, BHR is partnering with DCAF (The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces) in the dissemination of human rights good practices within the Spanish security sector. This initiative is supported by the Swiss Federal Government.

BHR is partnering with Semilla in the implementation of due diligence projects. They support us in the Latin America region. They have more than 10 years of experience in consulting services in the field of ethics, sustainability and corporate governance.

Value4Chain is a technological startup that provides services in the field of information management in value chains. They provide platforms for sustainable management of value chains and supply chain. 

For more than 18 years, we have worked with companies to tackle some of the world’s most challenging human rights issues

Maria Prandi, Founder and CEO of BHR

 
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