“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. “
This was said by Eleanor Roosevelt, the first Chairperson of the UN Human Rights Commission presenting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to the UN General Assembly in 1948.
And this is about something that concerns us all: the protection of human rights along supply chains. Global supply and value chains impact local economic, social, and environmental structures – they provide opportunities, but also pose challenges to communities. A fair commitment and the due diligence of all stakeholders involved form the base to protect human rights properly.
World in mind support small-sized companies in creating and implementing individual strategies and instruments including:
- Developing a strategy and company principles to respect human rights,
- Conducting a risk analysis to identify potential and actual risks and assess risks accordingly,
- Establishing an action plan to implement risk-based measures,
- Measuring and reporting progress internally and externally, and
- Setting up a grievance mechanism.
Let us jointly establish resilient and transparent supply chains that meet the standards of due diligence.