What is our objective?

To build members' and suppliers' capability to conduct Human Rights due diligence reviews of their supply chains with the objective to ensure Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (Ruggie Framework).

To enable members and suppliers to prevent and address human rights infringements.


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?

The work stream is focusing on the following deliverables:

  • Ensure a common understanding of the Human Rights challenge 
  • Identify areas to be addressed as priority in terms of adverse impact, with focus on forced and migrant labour (in close collaboration with the Consumer Goods Forum), ethical recruitment and grievance mechanisms
  • Develop and share necessary training/tools for members and suppliers

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:

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: An Introduction (video)

A brief video explaining the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.  


UN Guiding Principle Reporting Framework

The world's first comprehensive guide for companies to report on how they respect human rights. 


WBCSD Issue brief on operationalising UN guiding principles on Business and Human Rights

In its latest issue brief, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) identifies a series of barriers and solutions to operationalizing the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). 



Independent non-profit centre for business & human rights practice. They were involved in shaping the UN guiding principles on business and human rights (Ruggie).


Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

Valuable resource on human rights development, including a review of over 5,600 companies' human rights records


Human rights impact assessment guidance and toolbox

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.


Responsible Labour Initiative (RLI)

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.

AIM-PROGRESS works with Ropes & Gray to provide an overview of the legislative landscape affecting CSR and responsible sourcing policies on human rights


Legislative landscape

This is a joint project with Sedex (supported by Impactt Ltd) to measure the impact of our activities on workers in our supply chains:

  • Do workers feel safe at their place of work?
  • Do they feel respected?
  • Is there a sense of income security & progression?


You can download the relevant documents here:


Worker Wellbeing Assessment tool (excel)  


Worker Wellbeing Assessment Brochure


Worker Wellbeing Assessment Guidance

Worker Wellbeing Assessment - how to get worker insights

Watch our Human Rights work stream video