What is our objective?
Human Rights is at the heart of what we do. We help our members build members' and suppliers' capability to ensure Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (UNGP). We also identify and try to find solutions to common salient human rights our membership is experiencing in their day-to-day responsible sourcing work.
Why is it important?
Responsible businesses cannot ignore the impact of their sourcing strategies on human rights in those countries where they buy their commodities. The UN guidelines are being incorporated into policy frameworks all over the world, and AIM-Progress members want to demonstrate leadership in applying the necessary due diligence to ensure that human rights are respected, that workers are protected and that any grievance is remediated.
What are we doing?
Our Human Rights Steering Group is focusing on ensuring a common understanding of the Human Rights challenges in our common supply chains, and we have identified the following areas to be addressed as priority in terms of adverse impact:
AIM-Progress supports the Consumer Goods Forum's resolution on eradicating forced labour and its Priority industry principles. The two organisations collaborate to enable their members to implement the principles and resolutions in their supply chains.
Useful references on Human Rights and Business:
A brief video explaining the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
The world's first comprehensive guide for companies to report on how they respect human rights.
Practical business guide for implementation of UNGPs.
Making a clear business case for putting people at the heart of your business
Independent non-profit centre for business & human rights practice. They were involved in shaping the UN guiding principles on business and human rights (Ruggie).
Valuable resource on human rights development, including a review of over 5,600 companies' human rights records
Publication by the Danish Institute for Human Rights
A multi-stakeholder initiative aiming to reduce modern slavery, particularly hidden forced labour, labour trafficking, and other third party exploitation of workers.
Launched by the RBA (former EICC), the RLI is a multi-industry, multi-stakeholder initiative focused on ensuring that the rights of workers vulnerable to forced labor in global supply chains are consistently respected and promoted.
Responsible Sourcing Tool to combat Human Trafficking (US State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Verité, Made in a Free World, and the Aspen Institute)
Website to understand and prevent risks of human trafficking in supply chains.