Best practices for determining need for a human rights policy

Business ethics

Does your business need a human rights policy? An increasing number of organizations believe they do, according to Gartner.

The trend prompted the research firm to publish seven questions for compliance directors to consider to identify whether their company needs such a policy.

Organizations have human rights obligations regardless of whether they have an explicit policy. Common issues include discrimination, child labor, failing to provide maternity leave, or not paying a living wage. Corporate pollution, use of hazardous materials, and environmental damage affect employees and local people. Human trafficking and modern slavery cases highlight the need for vigilance and transparency.

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