The Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal is the first freely available resource to present business-specific human rights risk information for a large number of developing countries. The key objective of the Portal is to enable all relevant stakeholders, including companies, the public sector and human rights advocates, to effectively engage with the human rights and development challenges of privatesector operations in varied contexts around the world.
The Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal will be the first freely available website to present comprehensive, structured and timely country risk information aimed at private-sector compliance with international human rights standards. The Portal will combine human rights risk information across industry sectors with concrete risk management recommendations for businesses. Such information has the potential to guide and empower business, government and civil society actors seeking to address positive and negative human rights impacts of private-sector activities.
The Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal will
“} Allow free access to business-relevant human rights risk information, ensuring access for small, medium and developing-country enterprises.
“} Comprehensively translate the international human rights framework into company due diligence.
“} Provide precise, detailed descriptions of human rights risks within each country, including high-risk sectors and regions.
“} Describe company proximity to human rights abuses, including direct violations and complicity in state-sponsored violations.
“} Give targeted risk management recommendations.
“} Identify local development priorities and initiatives to assist private-sector actors in developing social investments and partnerships.
“} Draw upon the Danish Institute for Human RightsÃ??Ã?? network of 119 National Human Rights Institutions, ensuring local expertise and engagement.
The Human Rights and Business Country Risk Portal is envisioned as a four-year project, eventually covering more than 100 developing countries. The Danish Institute for Human Rights has received seed funding from the Danish International Development Agency and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency to create the first 20 country risk briefings and post them publicly at CountryRiskPortal.org.