Human Rights Assessment Protocol

Avanzar has conducted more than 30 human rights risk assessments in Central and South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the United States. We use a proprietary assessment protocol to assess the human rights risks faced by an operation’s stakeholders, including their employees, and neighboring communities. The protocol was designed in alignment with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, reviewed by Fund for Peace, an independent external expert, and strengthened in collaboration with UNICEF to ensure that children’s rights were well covered by the tool.

The protocol incorporates the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and over one hundred international human rights conventions and covenants, including the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The protocol is divided into seven categories (Labour and Working Conditions, Indigenous Peoples, Social, Economic and Cultural Rights, Environment and Health, Security, Land, and Anti-Corruption) and includes 144 indicators. Using this assessment protocol, the assessors analyze the potential, actual and perceived negative human rights impacts by the company and evaluate the risk of impacting the rights-holders.

Avanzar completes the assessment protocol by reviewing internal documents and external international and national reports and interviewing employees, contractor employees, and community, regional and national stakeholders.

Once the actual and potential impacts are identified, Avanzar then assesses the risk of the impacts on rights holders by evaluating the severity of impact and likelihood of consequence. 

Avanzar produces a final report that summarizes and ranks the risks identified and provides recommendations for ways to mitigate, or if necessary, remediate the impacts identified.


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