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The Corporate Responsibility to Respect (CR2R): Integrating, Tracking, and Monitoring Human Rights Risk Management

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This webinar is the third installment in the Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights (CR2R) series and explores how business enterprises can effectively manage identified human rights risks on an ongoing basis as part of their human rights due diligence (HRDD) process. 

The webinar series builds the capacity of active investors and supports them as they engage with portfolio companies on their human rights performance based on expectations laid out in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). By formulating and communicating precise expectations to companies, investors are better able to assess and take steps to address and minimize their own human rights risk exposure, while contributing to rights-respecting and socially sustainable investment activities.

Human rights due diligence is a phased but ongoing process. As outlined in the UNGPs, once an assessment of the actual and potential adverse human rights impacts has been conducted, businesses are directed to integrate the findings from their assessment into their internal functions and processes. Businesses are also required to take appropriate action in relation to the cessation, prevention, mitigation, and remediation of impacts depending on the nature of their involvement (causation, contribution, or direct linkage via a business relationship) with a potential or actual impact. 

This webinar focuses on the importance of effective human rights risk management, through appropriate integration into ongoing risk management roles, functions, policies, and processes. It explores means to track and monitor the progress of measures companies take to respond to identified risks and impacts. Ultimately, the webinar serves to support investors in soliciting the needed information and disclosures from companies to assess the sufficiency of their efforts to address saliant and material harms. To complement this discussion, good practice examples will be showcased along with the first-hand experiences of leaders in the field.


  • Moderator: Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt, Associate Program Director, Investor Alliance for Human Rights
  • Ian Beers, Performance Director, MSS Global
  • Talya Swissa, Engagement Manager, Social Transformation Team, World Benchmarking Alliance
  • Sarah Morris Lang, Manager, Social Equality Initiatives, BMO Global Asset Management

Background Materials

International frameworks: 

Benchmarking methodology:

  • Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, 2020 Methodology, Theme B: Embedding Respect and Human Rights Due Diligence and Theme E: Performance, Response to Serious Allegations

Reporting frameworks:


Other guidance:

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View the full slide deck here

Watch the following video logs for additional context and knowledge for the webinar:

CR2R Webinar 3 Vlog, Part 1: Causation, contribution, and direct linkage: The involvement framework

CR2R Webinar 3 Vlog, Part 2: The exercise of leverage