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Business & Human Rights Accelerator

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In today's environment, a diverse range of stakeholders—including consumers, employees, media organizations, and NGOs—are increasingly concerned with the impact of businesses on human rights. The Business & Human Rights Accelerator programme is designed to help companies translate these concerns into actionable steps. Within a span of six months, participating companies will learn how to identify, assess, and mitigate human rights impacts, while also mastering the art of communicating these efforts transparently to stakeholders. This initiative was launched in response to a growing corporate focus on human rights diligence and will include discussions on relevant legislation such as Canada's Bill S-211 and Bill 262.


What Will You Learn?
  • Understanding Responsibilities: Learn how your company's activities align with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work.
  • Due Diligence Process: Establish a robust human rights due diligence process that is consistent with international standards.
  • Communication and Reporting: Master the art of transparently communicating your human rights journey through tools like Communication on Progress, a requirement for all UN Global Compact participants.
     
What Will You Gain?
  • A comprehensive understanding of your human rights journey
  • Skills to prioritize and mitigate adverse human rights impacts
  • Strategies to engage effectively with stakeholders
  • An actionable plan to advance human rights within your organization and beyond
  • A network of peers, UN partners, and experts to help you overcome challenges
  • A certificate of completion
     

The Learning Experience in 6 Stages

The programme offers a detailed roadmap structured around 6 key stages. Each stage consists of multiple activities designed to foster both theoretical understanding and practical implementation of your human rights action plan.

STAGE 1 - UNDERSTANDING FUNDAMENTALS

STAGE 2 - SCOPING THE VALUE CHAIN

STAGE 3 - PRIORITIZING IMPACTS

STAGE 4 - STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

STAGE 5 - UNDERSTANDING REMEDY AND GRIEVANCE MECHANISMS

STAGE 6 - FINALIZING THE ACTION PLAN

Eligibility

Who Can Join?

  • Active Participants of the UN Global Compact
  • Companies willing to identify human rights impacts and focus on a core area of their value chain
  • Companies able to appoint two representatives for the Accelerator activities
Timeline

The six-month programme comprises six key stages, each with a unique focus—from understanding UN Global Compact principles to developing a comprehensive remedy plan.

Applications Open: 6 September 2023
Application Deadline:
 15 December 2023
Accelerator Begins:
February 2024

Ready to Join?

Join the ranks of responsible businesses making a tangible difference in human rights. For more information, contact our Sustainability Coordinator, Megan Grace Halferty at megan@unglobalcompact.ca. Adhere to your corporate responsibilities and seize the opportunity to advance human rights in your business operations and supply chain. The Business & Human Rights Accelerator provides a comprehensive, collaborative, and authoritative path to accomplish just that. Is your company ready to move from commitment to action?

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