How to conduct a Human Rights Impact Assessment?



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Type: Kursus
Start dato: 21.11.2017
Start tidspunkt: 09.00 - 17.00
Sted: Stockholm

Join us for this exclusive training on how to conduct a Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA), learning from pioneering Telia Company.

  • How does a company identify its human rights impacts?
  • What is the difference between business risks and human rights risks?
  • What’s “worse”; child labour or poisoned water (how do you evaluate the severity of human rights impacts)?

About the training

The training will cover:

  • The basics of human rights impact assessments, based on global frameworks notably the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • Corporate experiences of identifying and evaluating human rights impacts
  • Global trends, emerging and good practice of companies
  • Requirements of any impact assessment and methodology
  • Practical (reality based) case exercises on how to identify and assess impacts and evaluate their severity and salience
  • Assessing business risks associated with human rights impacts

The training will be conducted in English

During this full-day training, we will look into the methodologies, trends and tools that are currently shaping best practice for the first step of human rights due diligence; to identify and assess human rights impacts. We will go through the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and what is required of companies in identifying and assessing human rights impacts. We will also burst some of the “myths” of what a human rights impact assessment has to be. Certainly there is good practice to follow, but there is no one-size fits all. We will learn from companies that have conducted impact assessments, draw lessons from their pitfalls and understand the biggest value – add that impact assessments can generate for a company.

Through practical case exercises and discussions, participants will learn the difference between a human rights risk and a business risk. The focus is on evaluating human rights impacts and risks, but the training will also train participants on how to define associated business risks such as legal, reputational and financial risks arising from failing to respect human rights.

We will explore different methodologies that companies can use to assess and identify human rights. We will look closely at that methodology which is increasingly considered “best practice” of impact assessments, where multinational companies have commissioned independent human rights experts to conduct large-scale assessments for group, product or site level and then published the results. But we will also explore other methodologies that companies may use to assess impacts, for example internal issue mapping, function specific assessments and smaller-scope stakeholder consultations “by proxy”. Some of these may still be well in line with international frameworks.

In short, we will share latest trends, share good practices and let participants engage in discussions and practical exercises.

Enact’s approach to training is based on inspiration, interaction and practical implementation. This means that we inspire the participants, engage them through innovative interaction exercises and discussions with each other and let participants work on practical implementation through case-exercises.

Statements from previous human rights trainings

"The training was very dynamic and there was enough time for discussions"

"Content was presented in a very applies, easy-to-follow way and the different speakers managed to make the interlink between the topics very visible"

"High level of interaction & exercises"


The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights were endorsed by the UN in 2011 and constitutes the global standard of expected business conduct with regards to human rights. They establish that all companies have a responsibility to respect human rights. Companies have to demonstrate how they know that they respect human rights – in effect a requirement to “know and show.”

Over the past few years, expectations on companies to know and show has increased immensely. Consumers, NGOs, unions, investors, stock exchanges, regulators and not least rights-holders increasingly demand companies to report on their human rights performance.

Human rights due diligence requires companies to identify and assess their human rights impacts. Impacts must be evaluated based on how severely they affect the human rights of the affected stakeholder. This is a big conceptual and practical difference from most corporate based risk approaches defining ERM (Enterprise Risk Management)-systems. Evaluating impacts based on severity to the affected stakeholder provides the basis for how companies are expected to prioritize efforts.

Furthermore, to be able to define the business risks associated with a human rights harm to people is an important component to get corporate buy in for managing human rights adequately. The training will therefore in brief train participants on how to identify define typical business risks associated with human rights harm.

Once impacts have been identified and assessed, they have to be managed and tracked. Stakeholder engagement is an important component of the whole due diligence process.

Who is this training for?

This training is relevant to anyone globally interested in corporate responsibility, risk management, business and human rights, and sustainability reporting. More specifically it is for professionals who are working with human rights, sustainability or non-financial risk management. It will equip participants with an understanding of what constitutes good practice for conducting human rights impact assessments, and how to evaluate the severity of impacts based on risks to stakeholders rather than business. It will allow participants to get a flavour of the questions and practical challenges companies need to be asking when they undertake to identify and assess human rights. It will explore some of the emerging methodologies that companies are employing to understand their impacts – ranging from the large scale, publicly reported independent third party conducted human rights impact assessments to the internal and smaller scope exercises that many companies are busy with.

About the trainers

This training will be given by Sandra Atler, a human rights lawyer and internationally recognized expert on business and human rights with fifteen years of experience in the field. Today Sandra is the Director of Enact’s Human Rights & Business Practice Group. Sandra is also a Lecturer and Course Director for Business and Human Rights at the Faculty of Law at Stockholm University. Sandra has vast experience of human rights training and advising companies on human rights. Read more about Sandra here.

As specially invited experts, Patrik Hiselius, Senior Advisor, Digital Rights at Telia Company and Sophio Tabatadze, Ethics and Compliance Officer Region Sweden, will join us as co-trainer sharing Telia Company’s experience in regards to conducting Human Rights Impact Assessment.

Telia Company is one of few companies that has conducted a human rights impact assessment of their head-quarter, as well as of European and Eur-Asian regional operations. Telia Company commissioned a global non-profit organization to conduct the impact assessments where Telia Company participated in and facilitated the assessments. During this training, Telia Company will present how the HRIA’s were conducted, methodologies used and engage participants in a discussion on how to implement some of the recommendations that came out of the assessments.

Telia Company is also pioneering in using HRIA as tool to create a “Responsible Divestment Plan”, taking into consideration human rights impacts, risks and opportunities arising from divestment and withdrawal from Region Eurasia.

Patrik Hiselius, Senior Advisor Digital Rights, addressing IT and Law in an international context since the beginning of the 90’s. He has served as; Specialist on ICT regulatory matters, Company lawyer negotiating content contracts; Specialist in public affairs and, today; Sustainability issues in general and human rights in specific. His special focus has been on content related issues such as copyright, privacy, freedom of expression and various other liability matters, most often in multi-stakeholder contexts such as; EU Esprit research Project Imprimatur, a multi stakeholder project which defined legal, technical, standards- and business aspects on electronic commerce for content; The EU DG Internal Market multi-stakeholder dialogue on illegal up- and downloading; The formation of the Global Network Initiative (GNI) and the ‘Telecommunications Industry Dialogue on Freedom of Expression and Privacy’ (ID). GNI and ID in 2017 joined forces.

Sophio Tabatadze, originally from Georgia, graduate of Stockholm School of Economics, has been working with Telia Company for 2 years as Ethics and Compliance Officer. Responsible for implementing Group’s Ethics and Compliance program, with particular focus on Code of Responsible Business Conduct, Anti-Bribery and Corruption program and Human Rights. Previous experience in corporate and regulatory affairs covering Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan at various times.

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