The Human Rights Self-Assessment (HRSA) Training Tool is designed to help you understand how to identify and assess human rights risks that your business operations may pose to people and communities.
The HRSA Training Tool helps you create a heat map of human rights risks to show which risks should be prioritized. Alongside the heat map, and for reporting and other purposes, you will also be provided with a reference to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and target indicator associated with the risk.
The HRSA Training Tool does not serve as a substitute for conducting a more thorough assessment involving internal and external stakeholders, including vulnerable groups.
The HRSA Training Tool is for training purposes only and is not intended to substitute for the more rigorous assessment of risks suggested by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
The tool is accessible for trainers and participants of UNDP’s Human Rights Due Diligence training. For more information, please get in touch with the B+HR Asia team.
Heat maps are generated based on the “severity” and “likelihood” of some human rights risk relevant to your industry.
The severity of a risk will be calculated from the average of the values you assign to the scale (the gravity or seriousness of the impact), scope (the number of people impacted) and irremediability (limit in the ability to restore those affected back to a situation equivalent to their situation before the adverse impact).
You will define the likelihood of each risk weighing the probability that the risk could lead to a harm in your operations or the operations of those in your supply chain.
After assigning these values to each risk displayed, the HRSA Training Tool will generate your human rights risks heat map and share it with you on the website and through email. Alongside the heat map, and for reporting and other purposes, you will receive a reference to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and target indicator linked to the risk.
The severity of a risk will be calculated from the average of the values you assign to the scale (the gravity or seriousness of the impact), scope (the number of people impacted) and irremediability (limit in the ability to restore those affected back to a situation at least the same as, or equivalent to, their situation before the adverse impact) of each risk in the tool.
Scale measures a totality of circumstances including: 1) nature and context of the abuse or treatment; 2) manner of the execution of the abuse and; 3) the status of the victim.
Nature of the abuse inflicted might involve considerations of the following factors:
Manner of the execution of the abuse might involve the following factors:
Status of the victim may have an impact on how scale is measured:
Assessing the scale of abuse is subject to so many factors that it is difficult to assign numeric values. The HRSA Training Tool asks that you assess as best you can the values above according to the following:
Scope is a measure of the number of people involved. It often involves an estimation of the size of the workforce impacted. However, it may also include an estimate of the size of the community impacted – for example, where there are risks to the environment, land rights and public health.
Irremediability is a measure of the ability to restore someone’s rights. It often involves an estimate of the “promptness of action required” to restore the impacted individual’s situation to the same level as prior to the business operations that affected it.
Likelihood is based on the probability that the event leading to the impact will occur (again) in the future. The more likely the risk will lead to a harm, the higher the measure, and the more urgent it is to act.
On this website we provide you a non-exhaustive list of human rights risks and impacts common to many industries, to be used as a resource together with UNDP’s Human Rights Due Diligence Training Facilitation Guide and Human Rights Self-Assessment Training Tool.
The content was developed with the generous pro bono assistance of the international law firm Clifford Chance with support from the firm’s APAC offices, including in Perth, Sydney, Singapore and Hong Kong.
The list, regularly updated and extended, is informed by the relevant provisions of UN Human Rights Treaties, UN Conventions and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).
Your responses will be stored in a database on the website as aggregate data, individual responses are not retained. Website administrators will have access to these responses; however, they will not regard them or use them as a resource. Afterall, the heat maps are only the output of a training tool. Responses provided by training participants are not considered representative of company or industry views.
Your email address is used only to deliver your human rights risks heat map. We do not store your contact information in our databases, unless you sign up for our newsletter.
Heat maps will be sent as an email attachment, to the address you specify. Results can be shared/forwarded freely.
The UNDP B+HR Asia team continually refines the tool based on user-feedback. Subscribers to the UNDP B+HR Asia newsletter will be notified of all major developments and other HRDD tools launched by the team.