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What does Human Rights Due Diligence for Business Relationships Really Look Like on the Ground?

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1 Norton Rose Fulbright and BIICL, ‘Exploring Human Rights Due Diligence’ (London 2016), http://human-rights-due-diligence.nortonrosefulbright.online/ (accessed 16 October 2017).

2 Human Rights Council, ‘Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations’ “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework’, A/HRC/17/31 (21 March 2011), Commentary on Principle 18 (UNGPs).

3 Sarah Labowitz and Dorothee Baumann-Pauly, ‘Beyond the Tip of the Iceberg: Bangladesh’s Forgotten Apparel Workers’, (December 2015) http://static1.squarespace.com/static/547df270e4b0ba184dfc490e/t/5672bef1c647ad862c494795/1450360561022/Bangladesh-Report-Final.pdf (accessed 16 October 2017).

4 Isaksson, Lars, Kiessling, Tim and Harvey, Michael, ‘Corporate Social Responsibility: Why Bother?’ (2014) 43 Organizational Dynamics 64 .

5 Hafner-Burton, Emilie M and Tsutsui, Kiyuteru, ‘Human Rights in a Globalizing World: The Paradox of Empty Promises’ (2005) 110 American Journal of Sociology 1373 .

6 Varley, Robert CG, ‘The World Bank and China’s Environment 1993–2003’ (Washington DC, 2005).

7 Petts, Judith, Handbook of Environmental Impact Assessment, vol 2 (New York, 2009).

8 UNGPs, note 2, Commentary on Principle 17.

9 Human Rights Council, ‘Report on the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises: human rights impact assessments – resolving key methodological questions’, A/HRC/4/74 (4 February 2007).

10 International Finance Corporation, ‘Performance Standards on Social and Environmental Sustainability’ (30 April 2006), http://www.ifc.org/wps/wcm/connect/topics_ext_content/ifc_external_corporate_site/sustainability-at-ifc/policies-standards/performance-standards (accessed 16 October 2017).

11 Dickinson, Gerry, ‘Enterprise Risk Management: Its Origins and Conceptual Foundation’ (2001) 26:3 The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance 360 .

12 UNEP, ‘What is Impact Assessment?’ (Geneva, 2005), https://www.cbd.int/impact/whatis.shtml (accessed 16 October 2017).

13 Madeleine Koalick, Deniz Utlu and Philipp Bleckman, ‘Assessing Human Rights Risks and Impacts: Perspectives from Corporate Practice’ (2016). Global Compact Network Germany, German Institute for Human Rights. Available at: https://www.globalcompact.de/wAssets/docs/Menschenrechte/Publikationen/Assessing-Human-Rights-Risks-and-Impacts.pdf (accessed 20 November 2017).

14 John Browne and Robin Nuttall, ‘Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility: Integrated External Management’ (2013), McKinsey. Available at: https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/strategy-and-corporate-finance/our-insights/beyond-corporate-social-responsibility-integrated-external-engagement (accessed 20 November 2017).

15 NomoGaia, ‘Human Rights Risk Assessment’, www.nomogaia.org/tools (accessed 16 October 2017).

16 NomoGaia, ‘BankRight’, https://nomogaia.herokuapp.com/ (accessed 17 November 2017).

17 Anna Trionel, Assessing Human Rights Impacts at EPO’s Liberian Operations: Executive Summary (2017) www.epoil.co.uk/uploads/humanrightsimpactassessment-executivesummary2017.pdf (accessed 14 November 2017).

18 Madeline Koalick, Deniz Utlu and Philipp Bleckmann, ‘Assessing Human Rights Risks and Impacts: Perspectives from Corporate Practice’, Global Compact Network Germany and German Institute for Human Rights (2016), http://www.institut-fuer-menschenrechte.de/fileadmin/user_upload/Publikationen/Weitere_Publikationen/HRIA_Assessing_Human_Rights_Risks_and_Impacts_Perspectives_from_corporate_practice.pdf (accessed 16 October 2017).

19 Harrison, James, ‘Establishing a Meaningful Human Rights Due Diligence Process for Corporations: Learning from Experience of Human Rights Impact Assessment’ (2013) 31 Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal 107 ; Felner, Eitan, ‘Human Rights Impact Assessments: A Review of the Literature, Differences with Other Forms of Assessments and Relevance for Development,’ World Bank (Washington DC, 2013).

20 Baumann-Pauly, Dorothee, Labowitz, Sarah and Banerjee, Nayantara, ‘Closing Governance Gaps in Banglasesh’s Garment Industry – The Power and Limitations of Private Governance Schemes’ (2015) 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2577535 (accessed 16 October 2017).

21 Darragh Macintyre, ‘I saw First-Hand How British Brands Unknowingly Exploited Syrian Refugees’, Huffington Post UK (24 October 2016) http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/darragh-macintyre/syrian-refugees-workers-panorama_b_12619266.html?1477320167& (accessed 16 October 2017).

22 Coca Cola, ‘Human Rights Due Diligence Checklists: Background and Guidance’ (Atlanta 2014) http://assets.coca-colacompany.com/7d/59/b2a85d9344bdb7da350b81bcd364/human-rights-self-assessment-checklists.7.14.pdf (accessed 16 October 2017); Unilever, ‘Responsible Sourcing Policy’, (2014) https://www.unilever.com/Images/slp-unilever-responsible-sourcing-policy-2014_tcm244-409819_en.pdf (accessed 16 October 2017); BlackRock, ‘Exploring ESG: A Practitioner’s Perspective’, BlackRock Corporate Literature, (2016) https://www.blackrock.com/corporate/en-us/literature/whitepaper/viewpoint-exploring-esg-a-practitioners-perspective-june-2016.pdf (accessed 16 October 2017).

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** Director, NomoGaia.

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