Business And Human Rights

Business and Human Rights Consultants – Due Diligence, Gap Assessment, Impact Assessment, Benchmarking, Training and Reporting

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Develop practical, responsible business and human rights strategies with Consultivo.

We work with international and local organisations to support them in their journey to embed and operationalise the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.


consulting and audit assignments

Across the continents

Ready to serve anywhere you are

14+ years

at the forefront of People Advisory Space

20+ types of Industry Sectors

covering Manufacturing, Mining, Agri-Business, Power & Utility, Construction, Service, Logistics and many more

Coverage 100k+

Own and Contractor Employees

1 Million+

Supply Chain Workers




Business and Human Rights

Human Rights issues pose risks to business and as an independent consultant, we help companies meet and exceed national as well as global standards. 

Business and human rights is a framework that recognises the responsibility of businesses to respect and protect human rights in their operations, supply chains, and interactions with stakeholders. It ensures business activities do not infringe upon or violate national and international level human rights laws and standards.

Our work includes assessment, due diligence & consulting for human rights practices and policies across industries – with their own employees, contractor employees and supply chain people.

Companies are increasingly faced with complex human rights risks. The need to identify, address and manage these risks is crucial in order to uphold the social license to operate, maintain corporate reputation and achieve sustainable business growth. B&HR Due Diligence helps organisations to identify and manage business risks.

We support our customers to craft comprehensive, responsible, and practical approaches to human rights.

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Business and human rights strategies with Consultivo


Business and Human Rights Gap Assessment

Our audits and assessments help companies better understand the changing context of business related human rights within which they operate. Our cutting-edge assessment checklists and methodologies are used for customised internal and external assessments. Based on requirements, we use our protocol for assessing the maturity of your systems for effective human rights management.


Consulting - Development of Human Rights Governance Framework

We help you to develop your corporate human rights Policies, Strategies, Processes, Internal Standards and implementation mechanisms. They are developed in alignment with international standards and guidance for best practice (e.g. UN Guiding Principles, GRI & IFC Performance Standards, Dow Jones Sustainability Index). This is also supported by delivering bespoke trainings. Enquire for our Human Rights and Business Training


Business and Human Rights Due Diligence

We help organisations to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for their potential or actual adverse human rights impacts. Steps include development of human rights due diligence checklist and  assessing the potential risks and impacts of a company's operations, products or services on human rights. It is followed by providing a plan for engaging with stakeholders, implementation measures to prevent or mitigate adverse impacts, and following up on the effectiveness of these measures.


Reporting and Disclosure – Business and Human Rights

Helping companies disclose human rights performance as a whole or on a specific focus area like Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) and create reporting and communication approaches that demonstrate commitment to stakeholders at every level. B&HR Disclosure Reports are customised for every company and in line with GRI, SASB, ESG, BRSR, DJSI etc. based on applicability.


Human Rights Impact Assessment - HRIA

Human rights impact assessment (HRIA) is a systematic process that identifies, analyzes, and mitigates the potential risks and impacts of business processes and activities on human rights across the value chain. It ensures alignment with legal standards, global guidelines, fostering responsible practices and protecting brand reputations. We help you to make informed decisions to mitigate risks and maximise positive impacts for your brand and business.


Independent Employee Survey Program on Human Rights issues

An independent and unbiased perception survey on Human Rights issues can be conducted Online, On-site and in Hybrid modes. They Provide you with a deep understanding of people (employee, contractor and supply chain members) perceptions and action items for improvement.

Related Standards, Guidance Documents

  • UN Global Compact – Principle 1 to 6
  • GRI Standards – GRI 401 to 412 and Sector Standards & Guidelines 
  • UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • ETI Base Code
  • ILO Guidelines
  • ISO 30415:2021 Human resource management — Diversity and inclusion
  • SA 8000 Standard
  • BS 76005:2015, Valuing People – Diversity and Inclusion
  • Industry Specific Standards & Guidelines
    and many more

The three pillars of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights



States have a duty to protect people against human rights abuses by third parties, including businesses.

They are expected to prevent, investigate, punish and redress abuses through appropriate policies, legislation, regulation, and adjudication.



Business has a responsibility to respect human rights.

It should address adverse human rights impacts that may result from its own activities and its business relationships.



Affected people must be able to access remedy.

Both states and business have roles to play in ensuring access to remedy when negative impacts occur.

Our reports are actionable

The report outcome will lead you to formulate clear action plans for the next step. Take a tour to have a real life experience on how Consultivo reports stand out.

Our Team

Our cross-practice team works with clients to identify and avoid risks to human rights, and to manage the associated risks to their own business.

Members of our practice have been involved in the development, assessment, implementation of core international standards in the human rights area over the last decade. Our team members are completely aligned with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Next steps

You are on a journey towards People Excellence. Consultivo People Excellence model is a people management framework that allows companies to achieve success by measuring where they are on the path towards positive transformation.

This model will enable you to understand the gaps and possible solutions available. Finally, it significantly improves your organisation’s performance.

Employee Satisfaction Survey or perception surveys play a very vital role under the element ‘detection’.

Irrespective of where you are in your business improvement and people excellence journey, contact our expert team who will be able to give advice and guidance about options that will enable you to meet your goals.

Send a mail to [email protected] or Call +91 98311 45556

Negative impacts on people cannot be offset by “doing good”.

Compliance with the local law may not be sufficient to meet global requirements.

Request for Proposal (Business Human Rights Solutions)

Impact Stories

The impact we create. The excellence we inspire.

Read a few of our stories as we partner in the human rights protection and excellence journey of different organisations as a business risk management and advisory firm.

Human Rights Due Diligence in Metal & Mining Industry consulting

Human Rights Due Diligence in Metal & Mining Industry

Conducted human rights due diligence exercise on a huge brownfield steel plant expansion project and opencast mining activities in a couple of conflict-affected regions in India on behalf of an International Investment Body.

This was followed by Human Rights Audit for consecutive years.

Relevant Standards and Protocols used:

UN Global Compact Principle 1 to 6, UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ILO Guidelines, SA 8000 Standard and Industry Good Practices


Metal & Mining Industry

Multiple Manufacturing Units Spread across India

22000+ workpersons

Human Rights Due Diligence in the Tea Industry

Human Rights Due Diligence in the Tea Industry

Conducting a series of human rights due diligence exercises for the agribusiness supply chain for a group of buyers in remotely located tea producing regions (across 5 states and 100+ units) in India on behalf of International Industry Association.

Relevant Standards and Protocols used:

UN Global Compact Principle 1 to 6, UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ETI Base Code, ILO Guidelines, SA 8000 Standard, ISO 45001 and Industry Good Practices.


Tea Industry

Multiple Locations in India

8000+ Employees


Development of International Codes on Business and Human Rights as part of supply chain sustainability standards

Being one of the practicing Business and Human Rights Consultants, Consultivo has developed 4 human rights and business responsibility sustainability standards, audit protocols, implementation guidelines and training programs for the mineral mining and agribusiness sector.

Relevant Standards and Protocols used:

UN Global Compact Principle 1 to 6, UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ILO Guidelines, ETI Base Code, SA 8000 Standard, SMETA, ICMM and Industry Good Practices



Multiple Locations in India

8000+ Employees


Human Rights Gap Assessment for Apparel Industry and Hand Holding Support

DISHA Project has been implemented in Apparel Industry across 25+ medium and small scale enterprises.

The human rights issues include Employment, Labour-Management Relations, Occupational Health and Safety, Training and Education, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Non-discrimination, Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining, Child Labour, and Forced or Compulsory Labour.

Initially a baseline assessment had been conducted for each factory; then the units have been guided throughout the implementation journey, till the final verification audit.

Relevant Standards and Protocols used:

UN Global Compact Principle 1 to 6, UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ETI Base Code, ILO Guidelines, SA 8000 Standard and Industry Good Practices


Apparel Industry

Multiple Locations in India

8000+ Employees

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Human rights are fundamental to business because they ensure ethical practices, social responsibility, and sustainable development.

Here are some key reasons why human rights matter to businesses:

Reputation and Trust:

Respecting human rights helps build a positive reputation and  trust among the stakeholders.

Businesses that prioritize human rights are seen as responsible and trustworthy entities.

Legal Compliance:

Many countries have human rights laws and regulations for businesses in place to protect human rights. Businesses must adhere to these laws to avoid legal penalties, fines, or negative publicity that can harm their operations and bottom line.

Risk Mitigation:

Ignoring human rights can lead to various risks such as legal disputes, worker strikes, protests, boycotts, supply chain disruptions, or damage to brand value. By proactively addressing human rights issues, businesses can minimise potential risks and protect their interests.

Human Rights Impact Assessment or HRIA helps organisations take informed decisions.

Employee Engagement and Productivity:

Respecting human rights within the workplace promotes a positive work environment, boosts employee morale, and enhances productivity. Employees who feel their rights are respected are more likely to be engaged, loyal, and motivated.

Sustainable Supply Chains:

Businesses have a responsibility to ensure that their supply chains operate ethically and respect human rights. By conducting due diligence and working with suppliers who uphold human rights standards, businesses contribute to sustainable and responsible sourcing practices.

Contributing to Social Development:

Businesses have the potential to positively impact communities  respecting human rights. By promoting fair labor practices, gender equality, diversity, and inclusion, businesses can contribute to social development and economic growth.

Thus, human rights are essential to business because they foster trust, ensure legal compliance, mitigate risks, enhance employee engagement, enable sustainable supply chains, drive innovation, and contribute to social development. By incorporating human rights into their core values and operations, businesses can create a positive impact on society while securing their long-term success.

Consultivo, being one of the practicing business and human rights consultants, offer full range of human rights due diligence solutions for Compliance, Investment, Merger and Acquisition.

Human Rights Impact Assessment – HRIA is a tool that helps organisations understand the potential positive and negative human rights implications of their activities.  

Human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) in business provide several benefits, including:

Risk Identification: HRIAs help businesses identify potential human rights risks and subsequent impacts associated with their operations, products, and supply chains. This enables proactive risk management and prevents potential harm to individuals and communities.

Compliance with Legal Frameworks: HRIAs assist businesses in aligning their operations with relevant national and international human rights laws and standards. This ensures compliance and minimizes the risk of legal and reputational consequences.

Stakeholder Engagement: HRIAs involve engaging with stakeholders, including affected communities, civil society organizations, and human rights experts. This participatory approach fosters dialogue, builds trust, and enhances relationships with stakeholders, leading to better-informed decision-making and more effective mitigation measures.

Reputation and Brand Enhancement: Demonstrating a commitment to human rights through HRIAs can enhance a company’s reputation and strengthen its brand. It showcases responsible business practices, promotes transparency, and attracts socially conscious consumers and investors.

Improved Risk Mitigation: HRIAs provide insights into potential human rights impacts, allowing businesses to develop effective mitigation strategies. By implementing appropriate measures, companies can minimize adverse impacts, prevent human rights abuses, and improve the well-being of affected individuals and communities.

Operational Efficiency: Addressing human rights impacts early in the business planning process can help identify inefficiencies, optimize resource allocation, and reduce costs associated with rectifying issues at later stages. This promotes long-term operational efficiency and sustainability.

Long-Term Business Resilience: By understanding and addressing human rights impacts, businesses can strengthen their resilience against social, environmental, and regulatory challenges. Taking proactive measures to respect human rights contributes to the long-term stability and sustainability of business operations.

Enhanced Decision-Making: HRIAs provide valuable information and insights into the potential social, environmental, and human rights consequences of business activities. This informs decision-making processes, enables ethical considerations, and contributes to more responsible and informed business practices.

Overall, conducting human rights impact assessments in business promotes responsible and sustainable operations, helps mitigate risks, and contributes to positive social and environmental outcomes, benefiting both the business and the broader society.

As per UN Global Compact, the two basic principles of Human rights are:

Principle 1: Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights

Principle 2: make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses

Major elements of Human Rights include:

Employment, Labor/Management Relations, Occupational Health and Safety [Generally treated separately], Training and Education, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Non-discrimination, Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining, Child Labor, Forced or Compulsory Labor, Security Practices (related to human rights), Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Consultivo, being one of the practicing business and human rights consultants, offer full range of human rights due diligence solutions for Compliance, Investment, Merger and Acquisition.

Business and Human Rights Due Diligence

Business human rights due diligence is an ongoing risk management process whereby businesses systematically identify, prevent, mitigate, and account for their impact on human rights. It involves assessing risks, taking appropriate measures and monitoring the effectiveness of those measures to ensure respect for human rights.

Human rights due diligence process:

It includes four key steps: identifying and assessing actual and potential human rights impacts; integrating and acting on the findings; tracking responses, and communicating about how impacts are addressed.

Under the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights for Business, companies have a responsibility to undertake human rights due diligence.

Consultivo, being one of the practicing business and human rights consultants, offer full range of human rights due diligence solutions for Compliance, Investment, Merger and Acquisition.

Find more on Human Rights Duediligence at ILO Site.

As one of the practicing HR consultants, Consultivo offers comprehensive People Management, Human Rights as well as Organisational Development solutions to companies in meeting the growing risk management requirements.

Being a Business and Human Rights Consultant, we work with organisations of all sizes and sectors to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for how it addresses its adverse human rights impacts.

Consultivo supports companies globally on several research & survey related solutions like Employee Engagement Survey, Safety Perception Survey, Employee Survey, Engagement Survey, Culture Survey, Employee Satisfaction Survey, Employee Well Being Survey, Social Survey, Stakeholder Survey and many more.

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