Human Rights Due Diligence

A clear path to human rights compliance

Start your human rights due diligence (HRDD) journey with Position Green. Get a full risk picture of impacts in your supply chain and track actionable data to self-manage compliance – from local laws to international frameworks.

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Move smoothly from easy setup to a quick overview of risks and opportunities in your supply chain. Our HRDD software is designed by human rights experts to automate assessment and engage suppliers in improving their impacts, enabling better business for a fairer world.
Easily align your targets and reporting with local laws and prepare for the new Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) with confidence. Get in touch today to see our HRDD software in action.

Easy-use templates for supplier surveys

Get going directly with the supplier assessment process. Use survey templates based on OECD guidelines, with key metrics developed to quickly analyse human rights risks and performance. Capture the right supplier data for the right decisions.

Risk assessment that’s context driven

Achieve a clear overview of suppliers in high-risk settings. Score suppliers based on recognised international indexes, distilled into best-practice methods and preset KPIs. A country risk score gives you decisive insights on material aspects – from worker rights to corruption.

Flexible and transparent data management

An adaptable data collection structure, easy visuals and customisable dashboards let you measure and demonstrate compliance with ease. Use dynamic export features to produce reliable reports and assured statements in line with regulations.

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HRDD at a glance

Human Rights Due Diligence (HRDD) is essentially a management tool that helps companies to minimise their negative human rights impacts.
HRDD is the process of identifying, assessing, preventing, mitigating and remedying negative human rights impacts, and accounting for how the company has done this. Building a strong human rights culture within a company and regularly engaging with potentially impacted people is key to this process.

Negative human rights impacts are linked to internationally recognised human rights, as defined in the International Bill of Rights and the ILO’s Fundamental Conventions. These include protections against forced and child labour, the right to health, the right to collective bargaining and the right to not be discriminated against. In addition, businesses may not negatively impact the land or cultural rights of indigenous people, their employees’ freedom of thought and the right to a healthy environment.

As companies can impact so many different human rights, it is vital to conduct HRDD to identify and reduce existing and potential negative impacts.

Reporting according to the ESRS is mandatory for all companies covered by the CSRD and must be incorporated in the management report. The reporting standards will also require companies to pay even more attention to traceability and transparency throughout the reporting process due to the limited assurance requirement.

The ESRS have a broader view of materiality than, for example, GRI Standards, and they are based on double materiality from an impact and financial perspective. The double materiality assessment will help companies to understand their impact, risks and opportunities spanning across their upstream and downstream value chains, arising from business relationships, geographical locations and more.

In 2011, the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights was released. It set out that companies should respect human rights and provided HRDD as a framework for how to do this. This framework was soon adopted by the OECD.

An increasing number of national laws are now mandating that companies conduct human rights due diligence. In addition, HRDD is integrated into the EU’s understanding of its Green Deal, meaning that HRDD is required to fulfil EU Taxonomy alignment and is also a central part of CSRD disclosure requirements.

The EU’s new Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) will require all in-scope companies to conduct HRDD. There are also several niche EU Directives and proposals that will be best met by companies conducting HRDD, such as the EU Deforestation Regulation and the proposed import bans for products and materials linked to forced labour.

There will be trickle-down effects for actors within the supply chain of companies responding to mandatory HRDD laws as these companies will increasingly demand the same standards throughout their value chain.

The Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) will require in-scope organisations to carry out human rights and environmental due diligence – or sustainability due diligence – throughout their own operations and supply chain. HRDD is the framework that the CSDDD requires companies to utilise when complying with the law, applying it to both human rights and environment impacts.

HRDD is rooted in the UN Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights and used in the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises – the frameworks on which the CSDDD regulations are based. This means that if you already integrate HRDD into your reporting repertoire, you are in a strong position to comply with the new directive.