Human rights and impact assessment: Clarifying the connections in practice

Kemp, Deanna and Vanclay, Frank (2013) Human rights and impact assessment: Clarifying the connections in practice. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 31 2: 86-96. doi:10.1080/14615517.2013.782978

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Author Kemp, Deanna
Vanclay, Frank
Title Human rights and impact assessment: Clarifying the connections in practice
Journal name Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1461-5517
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14615517.2013.782978
Open Access Status
Volume 31
Issue 2
Start page 86
End page 96
Total pages 11
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Language eng
Subject 3305 Geography, Planning and Development
2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Abstract Historically, impact assessment practice has not explicitly considered human rights. That human rights are relevant to business has been confirmed through the United Nations Human Rights Council's endorsement of the 'Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights'. Special Representative to the Secretary-General on business and human rights, Professor John Ruggie, advocated awareness of 'rights-holders' and 'duty-bearers' and a shift from third parties "naming and shaming" companies as a way of addressing human rights harms to companies also "knowing and showing" how they are taking responsibility for their human rights impacts and managing their human rights risks. Consideration of human rights should therefore be central to impact assessment for private sector projects, especially those affecting livelihoods, environment, health, safety and security, land and property, culture and gender dynamics. We provide an introduction to the business and human rights debate, discuss the relevance of human rights to the field of impact assessment, and examine a range of challenges associated with integrating the fields of human rights and social impact assessment.
Keyword Corporate social responsibility
Due diligence
Human rights impact assessment
Social impact assessment
Social licence to operate
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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