Take no risks!

News - 2020-03-04
Dangerous work environments, child labour, forced displacements and polluted waters. Companies and their suppliers are exposed to many risks in their operations around the world. How does the extraction of natural resources affect people and the environment? Forum Syd is launching the digital toolkit “Take no risks” to give companies means to analyse and take responsibility for human rights and environmental risks in their supply chains.
A man is digging for gold in a mine.
The extraction of natural resources involves high risks for human rights violations and environmental pollution. Photo: Jeppe Schilder

Swedish companies may contribute to violations of human rights and a destroyed environment, either through their own operations or their suppliers. The risks are particularly high when it comes to the extraction of natural resources. Violations can occur in oil extraction in countries experiencing armed conflict, toxic mining waste can lead to environmental pollution and health problems and deforestation can threaten indigenous people.

Group photo of exhausted miners at a mining entrance.
Miners in the Congolese Kivu Region. States have an obligation to ensure that those affected negatively by business operations have access to justice. Photo: Jeppe Schilder

A new toolkit to help identify human rights risks

How can companies be aware of effects that their own operations or business relations contribute to? Which are the main risks and how should these be addressed? Find the answers to these questions and many more in Forum Syd’s new digital toolkit “Take no risks”. The material focuses on extractive industries, since this is a high-risk sector that can have a serious negative impact on people and the environment.

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The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights establishes that states have a duty to protect against human rights violations caused by third parties, including companies.

The toolkit provides you with descriptions and concrete examples of the most common risks facing companies with operations around the world, as well as practical exercises and links to useful material from civil society organisations, EU, OECD and the UN. The material will give you a better understanding about companies’ responsibilities when it comes to human rights and the environment.  

This toolkit is targeted to companies and civil society organisations. Whether you work with corporate social responsibility, investigate companies’ behaviour or want to increase your awareness of these issues since your organisation encounters business operations in countries across the world, the toolkit provides you with insightful information on how to prevent human rights violations and environmental pollution.

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