Socially Responsible Business (Corporate Social Responsibility)
ILPI works with private companies, government agencies and non-governmental organisations on a variety of issues related to socially responsible business, in particular with regard to human rights and anti-corruption.
“Corporate social responsibility” has to a large extent moved beyond voluntary measures by companies to become a matter of compliance with a range of internationally recognised norms and principles, such as Global Compact, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
ILPI offers advice, guidance, training and strategic and practical support for companies seeking to preventing corruption and ensuring respect for human rights. We aim for pragmatic and sustainable solutions for long-term business activities.
Business and Human Rights (including labour rights)
Businesses have long standing commitments to ensure decent work standards throughout the value chain. This extends to labour rights, work conditions and other employment and industrial relations issues as set out in the International Labour Organization’s core conventions.
According to the recently adopted universally recognised UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, corporations also have the responsibility to respect human rights in general, as expressed in the International Bill of Human Rights.
ILPI assists companies in meeting their responsibility to respect human rights, from developing and implementing a human rights policy tailored to the specific context in which the company operates, to implementing the tools required to address the risks, such as developing human rights impact assessment and other tools as set out in the UN Guiding Principles.
Corruption, transparency and best practices
ILPI assists companies in developing risk-based due diligence and anti-corruption programmes consistent with the requirements in internationally recognized guidelines such as the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
ILPI assists companies in developing and implementing policies of transparency and disclosure, in understanding the unique geographic and functional segment in which the company operates, as well as complying with national laws and regulations where they operate, and in preventing and/or confronting exposure to bribery solicitation and extortion.
ILPI’s understanding of human rights and corruption is grounded in solid legal scholarship and many years of practice in dealing with these issues, as well as cultural and political understanding of specific geographic regions. We convert the abstract international norms and jurisprudence into practical advice relevant for different business areas and local contexts in order to ensure sustainable activities.
ILPI’s services within the field of responsible business include:
1. Strategy Development
Improving performance with respect to responsible business requires a conscientious strategy based on a company’s geographic and operational footprint. ILPI provides advice on how to integrate responsible business principles throughout a company’s value chain.
2. Training Modules
ILPI offers seminars, small or bigger group training modules, internal training programmes for specific executives, and advice services for board members and leaders at all levels.
3. Country Risk Profiles
ILPI has extensive experience in conducting country-level political and legal analyses for clients such as Foreign Ministries, International Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations as well as private companies. We provide in-depth insight into a country’s domestic legal framework, political and social structures, and cultural considerations relevant to company operations.
4. Socially Responsible Investment Analysis
Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) encourages investors to screen their portfolios for companies that do not fulfil certain ethical criteria. The criteria for SRI often vary from one financial institution to the next. ILPI assists investors in developing guidelines and portfolio screening as well as in depth case studies based on international and regional human rights, labour, environmental, and anti-corruption standards.
5. Internal Assessment and Performance Reporting
ILPI works with companies to develop a set of internal indicators for ensuring company compliance with international human rights, anti-corruption, environmental, and humanitarian law or with the companies’ own standards, as well as appropriate reporting in accordance with national and international standards.
6. Stakeholder Management
ILPI organises and facilitates communication with the local communities affected by a company’s operations. With broad competence in anthropology and area studies, ILPI brings an understanding of the local context to a company’s efforts to communicate effectively with stakeholders.