Assessing the risks of human rights violations in the supply chain
Chapter 11 discusses the need for companies to assess the risks of human rights violations in their supply chains to determine where the greatest risks lie and how they might address them. It considers UN Guiding Principle 18, which clarifies that identifying and assessing the human rights impacts of a company is the first step in the process of conducting human rights due diligence. Chapter 11 also underlines the importance of companies prioritising human rights risks that are most severe, or where delay would make them irremediable. It outlines an approach for effectively doing so based on the factors of scale, scope and remediability. Lastly, Chapter 11 outlines several features that could indicate a heightened risk of human rights violations in a supply chain. Specifically, a company’s business model and operating context and the nature and location of its work should be taken into consideration when assessing risks in the supply chain.