The European Commission, via its proposed Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CS3D), has proposed a legislative framework which obliges companies to demonstrate what action they are taking to protect the environment and human rights. Once passed, it will become mandatory for larger European businesses to appoint a Human Rights Officer.
However, complying with legislation should not be the only driver for making this key appointment. Here are six more reasons why every large organisation can benefit from human rights leadership.
Guardians of Equality
A Human Rights Officer is responsible for ensuring that all individuals, regardless of their background, are treated with fairness and dignity. By fostering an environment free from discrimination, these post-holders contribute to the creation of a diverse and ethical workplace.
Compliance and Legal Safeguard
Along with ensuring compliance with the Human Rights Due Diligence Act, a Human Rights Officer keeps their organisation abreast of evolving laws and regulations which affect their global supply chain. This in turn contributes to an enhanced risk assessment and management process.
Educators and Advocates
Human Rights Officers play a pivotal role in educating both employees and management about the importance of respecting and protecting human rights. Through training sessions and awareness campaigns, human rights specialists create a culture of understanding and empathy, empowering individuals to be advocates for human rights both in and out of the workplace.
Building Trust and Reputation
In a world where corporate social responsibility is increasingly scrutinised, appointing a Human Rights Officer sends a clear message to employees, clients, and stakeholders that an organisation is committed to ethical practices.
Preventing and Addressing Harassment
Harassment remains a pervasive issue in many workplaces. Human Rights Officers are instrumental in developing and implementing policies that prevent and address harassment.
Strengthened Shareholder Confidence
Shareholders are placing increased importance on investing in socially responsible companies. Having a human rights specialist on your team will reassure shareholders that your business is adhering to the highest possible standards of ethics and compliance.
To find out more about the human rights recruitment market, including salary data, candidate insights and how the upcoming legislation is impacting the talent landscape, please download a copy of Leonid’s ‘Guide to Human Rights Due Diligence and Recruitment’.