This HRSA Training Tool helps you to develop a human rights risk profile. Using the tool, you will define the “severity” and “likelihood” of relevance to your industry. The tool produces heat maps for each risk to help you identify areas for priority action. Alongside the heat map, and for reporting and other purposes, you are provided a reference to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and target indicator linked to the specific risk.
The severity of a risk will be calculated from the average of the values you assign to the scale, scope and irremediability of each risk in the tool.
After inputting values under the three headings above, a severity score is assigned.
You will then define the likelihood value weighing the probability that the risk could lead to an adverse impact.
After calculating the severity score and inputting a likelihood score, you will then have two plot points for the purposes of a heat map.
Under international human rights law, there is no hierarchy of human rights. In other words, no human right is recognized as more important than another. However, one can prioritize action on one human rights risk over another in the context of business operations, given the constraints of time and material resources.
Companies should address the most severe human rights abuses first. However, the presence of high priority, severe human rights impacts does not mean that low severity impacts should remain unaddressed. Some low priority risks will be relatively easy to mitigate or require few additional resources.