Business and Human Rights
Business and Human Rights International Certification (BHRISC 2011)
BHRISC 2011 is a method of certification of business compliance with human rights as laid out in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP).
The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) is an authoritative global standard that defines the respective roles of governments and business in ensuring business entities respect human rights across their operations. UNGP were endorsed by the United Nations Human Rights Council and unanimously adopted on 6 June 2011. While business enterprises welcome UNGP, business needs a method to put these principles into practice that in addition could be certified.
Being acutely aware of the needs of business for a method of certification of business compliance with human rights as laid out in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP), BHRISC 2011 was jointly developed by Moores Rowland Indonesia and the Human Rights Resource Centre (HRRC). Endorsed by the Foundation for International Human Rights Reporting Standards (FIHRRST), BHRISC 2011 is now offered to the public for consideration as a comprehensive tool that will help companies in taking their first step to assess through due diligence their compliance with the UNGP.
While neither FIHRRST nor Moores Rowland Indonesia claim this to be a universal standard, they do consider it to be the next step forward from the original MIHRSC on the journey to obtain human rights compliance.
BHRISC 2011 Indicators
BHRISC 2011 takes a holistic approach in assessing human rights aspects embedded throughout the business endeavours. BHRISC 2011 covers human rights aspects of business activities that includes human rights management system, human rights impacts on business enterprise and business enterprises supplier’s workers, impacts on local communities and the general public, impacts related to products and services and impacts related to security.
BENEFITS OF BHRISC 2011 CERTIFICATION
Companies undergoing the certification process and receiving the certificate will gain the following benefits:
- Identification and mitigation of human rights impacts; thus, mitigate reputational risk
- Licence to operate
- Improvement in employee morale due to fair payment, grievance mechanism, safe workplace condition
- Positive impacts in stakeholder relations that include employees, contractors, trade unions, local communities, governments, and NGOs
- Compliance with international human rights principles, declarations, conventions and local human-rights related laws and regulations
Moores Rowland Indonesia Received IAB “Audit Innovation of the Year” in 2012
On 8 March 2012, Moores Rowland Indonesia (then trading under the name of Mazars Indonesia) received the inaugural IAB “Audit Innovation of the Year” award for its Human Rights Audit Practice. In its human rights audit, Moores Rowland Indonesia used MIHRSC indicators that covered forced labour, child labour and young workers, conditions of employment and work, non-discrimination, freedom of association, workplace health and safety, community and environment impact and supply chain management.
In making the award, the judges suggested that these indicators Moores Rowland Indonesia had developed could set a benchmark for global best practice.
Utilizing the MIHRSC indicators as a basis for advancement, Moores Rowland Indonesia then joined with the non-profit business and human rights centre, Shift to found the Reporting and Assurance Framework Initiative (RAFI). However, in order to avoid any possible conflict of interest relating to the BHRISC 2011 certification, Moores Rowland Indonesia has since withdrawn from its participation in RAFI, although remaining supportive of its ideals.
For further information about BHRISC 2011 certification, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.