Handbook on Human Rights Impact Assessment
Research Handbooks on Impact Assessment series
Edited by Nora Götzmann, Senior Adviser, Human Rights and Business, The Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark
ISBN: 978 1 78811 999 3
eISBN: 978 1 78897 000 6
Human rights impact assessment (HRIA) has increasingly gained traction among state, business and civil society actors since the endorsement of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by the Human Rights Council in 2011. This timely and insightful Handbook addresses HRIA in the context of business and human rights.
Employing state-of-the-art analysis of current practice, the contributors offer a dynamic overview of contemporary approaches to HRIA, looking ahead to its future trajectories. Chapters present key methodological concepts and new theoretical developments, comparing different approaches from project to sector and governance level. Collectively, these critical appraisals shed light on the role that HRIA can play in addressing the adverse human rights impacts of business activities and fostering sustainable development.
Featuring extensive analysis of HRIA practice in a range of industrial contexts and global regions, this Handbook provides crucial insight for practitioners working with impact assessment, human rights, and sustainable development, as well as businesses, investors, government actors and multilateral institutions promoting responsible business conduct. Academics and others investigating human rights and impact assessments in business contexts will also benefit from this book’s comprehensive analysis of theoretical developments in HRIA research.
1. Introduction to the Handbook on Human Rights Impact Assessment: Principles, methods and approaches
METHODS AND APPROACHES
2. Company-commissioned HRIA: Concepts, practice, limitations and opportunities
3. Community-based HRIA: Presenting an alternative view to the company narrative
Caroline Brodeur, Irit Tamir and Sarah Zoen
4. Collaborative and participatory approaches to HRIA: The way forward?
Kaitlin Y. Cordes, Sam Szoke-Burke and Tulika Bansal
5. Sector-wide impact assessment: A ‘big picture’ approach to addressing human rights impacts
Margaret Wachenfeld, Elin Wrzoncki and Luis F. de Angulo
6. HRIA in the context of trade agreements
RIGHTS-HOLDERS IN FOCUS
7. Children’s rights in HRIA: Marginalized or mainstreamed?
Tara M. Collins
8. Indigenous peoples’ rights: Is HRIA an enabler for free, prior and informed consent?
9. The rights of women and girls in HRIA: The importance of gendered impact assessment
INDUSTRY CASE STUDIES
10. Knowing and showing: The role of HRIA in the food and beverage sector
Yann Wyss and Tulika Bansal
11. Mining in Mexico: Lessons from an ex ante community-based HRIA on the right to water, the right to health and the right to a healthy environment
Alejandro González Cavazos
12. Exploring the role of HRIA in the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector
Rikke Frank Jørgensen, Cathrine Bloch Veiberg and Niels ten Oever
13. HRIA of trade agreements involving agriculture: Enabling innovative trade options that protect human rights
Elisabeth Buergi Bonanomi and Irene Musselli
14. Travel and tourism: A comparative analysis of different HRIA approaches
Sibylle Baumgartner and Tulika Bansal
15. Assessing human rights impacts in global value chains: Can HRIA go beyond social audits in the apparel industry?
16 Infrastructure development in Africa: Making use of HRIA in public–private partnerships
CURRENT CHALLENGES AND FUTURE POSSIBILITIES
17. Challenges and strategies for meaningful rights-holder participation in company-commissioned HRIA
18. Understanding conflict for HRIA
19. The need for a multidisciplinary HRIA team: Learning and collaboration across fields of impact assessment
Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt and Kendyl Salcito
20. Measuring business impacts on human rights: Practice and trends in the use of indicators for HRIA
Cathrine Bloch Veiberg, Gabriela Factor and Jacqueline R. Tedaldi
21. Towards a definition of effectiveness in HRIA
22. The concept of accountability in HRIA
23. HRIA and the right to an effective remedy
24. Human rights, international financial institutions and environmental and social due diligence: The value added of HRIA
25. The use of impact assessments by governments and businesses: Questioning purpose and utility
26. Realizing human rights and the 2030 Agenda through comprehensive impact assessments: Lessons learned from addressing indigenous peoples’ rights in the energy sector
27. Conclusion: State-of-the-art of HRIA and ways forward
T. Bansal, S. Baumgartner, C. Brodeur, E. Buergi Bonanomi, R. Cleland, T.M. Collins, K.Y. Cordes, L.F. de Angulo, R. DeWinter-Schmitt, C. Doyle, G. Factor, B. Feiring, A. González Cavazos, N. Götzmann, J. Harrison, R.F. Jørgensen, S. Joyce, J. Loots, C. Lopez, S. McInerney-Lankford, B. Meyersfeld, I. Musselli, K. Salcito, C. Scheper, S. Szoke-Burke, I. Tamir, J.R. Tedaldi, N. ten Oever, D. Utlu, C.B. Veiberg, M. Wachenfeld, S. Walker, E. Wrzoncki, Y. Wyss, S. Zoen