HU.6.a. Human rights in country of operation

Does the company seek to avoid involvement in human rights abuses owing to government or societal practices?


Human rights challenges differ greatly according to the activities a company is engaged in. Similarly, many countries have vastly different human rights conditions according to government laws and religious or cultural practices. Companies should systematically consider the human rights situation in the country in which they operate, and seek to identify areas where the company may risk involvement in human rights violations.


This question relates to all major human rights violations and is based on general principles contained in the following: Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966); International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966); Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (1984); ILO Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention (C169, 1989).


First answer the following indicators (step 1) and then the main question (step 2).

Step 1. Answer the following indicators:

The company actively seeks information about the general human rights situation in the areas where it operates.

If operating in a country or region with systematic human rights abuses, the company seeks to become aware of and avoid the risk of contributing to, endorsing or benefiting from such abuses.

Where the company risks involvement in systematic human rights abuses owing to government or societal practices, the company seeks to identify solutions through dialogue with other businesses, civil society organisations, experts and other relevant stakeholders, including where possible with the authorities.

The company ensures that it does not endorse any state imposed discriminatory limitations on the right to vote, and does not pass along information concerning religious, racial, political affiliations or other characteristics of employees which could be used by the government as a reason to restrict the right to vote.

Step 2. Answer the main question:

Does the company seek to avoid involvement in human rights abuses owing to government or societal practices?

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