Human rights risk management is a key element of responsible business practice for all business enterprises, regardless of size, sector, geographic location or reach.
We have a long-established specialist practice in business and human rights, including lawyers who have been at the forefront of developments for more than a decade. We work closely with clients to navigate the legal and 'soft' law standards that apply, taking an integrated, cross-practice approach to what are often cross-jurisdictional challenges.
We have extensive experience of advising multinational corporations across the spectrum of governance, advisory, transactional, risk management, compliance and dispute resolution issues that businesses face in this area and frequently advise on these issues in the context of relevant internationally recognised standards such as the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
We understand the strategic importance of effective human rights risk management to support responsible and sustainable business models.
Our business & human rights services
Strategic advice and planning
Human rights issues affect the whole life cycle of business activities. We help businesses pursue a strategic and holistic approach to the management of human rights risk with an understanding of the legal implications of the options they choose. We are "go-to" counsel for clients who seek our assistance to manage their human rights related concerns alongside their other key business risks.
We assist our clients as they identify, manage and address salient human rights risks within their business relationships and supply chains across the life cycle of investments and other business activity. This work spans investment planning, policy development and implementation, human rights due diligence and the design and implementation of grievance mechanisms and crisis management.
Managing business relationships
We help clients to formalise human rights considerations within business relationships. This includes the development of contractual frameworks which promote respect for human rights and encourage counterparties to act appropriately. In all contexts, we seek solutions that are both commercially pragmatic and aligned with a respect for human rights.
Reporting and stakeholder engagement
As scrutiny of business practices intensifies, we advise clients on their corporate communications and reporting, and on stakeholder engagement. Given the ever-increasing demands for transparency and accountability in terms of expectations on business, increased stakeholder scrutiny and increasingly legal regulation and legislation, we provide considerable expertise on the formal reporting of human rights risks in accordance with increasing national legislation and due diligence efforts.
Legal accountability and dispute resolution
We help clients create strategies to anticipate and avoid being associated with negative human rights impacts. But if criticisms or claims arise, we assist clients in developing appropriate responses, allying our business and human rights expertise with our internationally respected investigation and dispute resolution capabilities.