Social and human rights impact assessments: what can they learn from each other?

Gotzmann, Nora, Vanclay, Frank and Seier, Frank (2015) Social and human rights impact assessments: what can they learn from each other?. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 34 1: 1-10. doi:10.1080/14615517.2015.1096036

Author Gotzmann, Nora
Vanclay, Frank
Seier, Frank
Title Social and human rights impact assessments: what can they learn from each other?
Journal name Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1461-5517
Publication date 2015-12-03
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14615517.2015.1096036
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 34
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Subject 3305 Geography, Planning and Development
2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Abstract We examine key commonalities and differences between social impact assessment (SIA) and human rights impact assessment (HRIA) conducted for private sector projects to consider what these two fields might learn from each other. As HRIA is an emerging practice, current approaches are diverse and there is a lack of a robust understanding about how HRIA and SIA relate to each other. We suggest that the two fields have much in common in terms of: their objective to identify and address adverse impacts; their focus on process as well as outcomes; and their consideration of how to ensure the meaningful inclusion of vulnerable individuals and groups. However, there is also significant divergence in terms of: the standards applied; the relevance of project benefits; and the recognition of stakeholders as rights-holders and duty-bearers. We suggest that the further exploration of these areas of difference has the potential to create valuable cross-learning between SIA and HRIA, as well as the potential to open up spaces for joint initiatives where the two fields might address current shortcomings together.
Keyword Due diligence
Social licence to operate
Corporate responsibility to respect
United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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