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Business and Human Rights E-learning Series

Why your company should bother with human rights:

The business case for respecting human rights and undertaking human rights due diligence is straightforward. An integrated approach to human rightsE-learning Series will help your business:

  • manage legal risk: are you on top of growing mandatory requirements in this space?
  • improve investor relations: are you accountable for you human rights impacts?
  • protect brand value: is your company informed on how being associated with negative media can affect your bottom line?
  • ‘do the right thing’: do you have a social license to operate as well as a legal one?

Companies all over the world are being challenged to address their human rights impacts. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, together with relevant standards and guidance, set a benchmark for companies on how to address their human rights impacts, within operations and in the supply chain.

We have developed a series of human rights e-learning programmes to help companies understand how the basic principles of human rights apply to their business.



Below are some recent examples where companies have been held accountable, come under scrutiny, or even incurred losses for failing to respect human rights adequately:

Have you signed up to customer requirements including labour or other human rights provisions that you were not aware of and may be at risk of breaching?

In 2013 Adidas AG agreed to pay severance to Indonesian workers of an independent supplier whose factory had to shut down after the University of Wisconsin sued the company, alleging that it had breached labour provisions in its contract to supply garments with the university logo. The university claimed that Adidas AG was contractually bound to pay up to US$2milion to the workers; a final settlement was reached confidentially.

Have you ever made last minute changes to order specifications that could lead to a supplier having to breach international labour standards to deliver on time?

In 2007 Apple made a change to its iPhone screen design, bringing the assembly line at a Chinese factory into overhaul: 8000 workers were unexpectedly woken up to fit new screens into frames for 12 hours straight in order to meet the delivery deadline. This went against Apple’s own Code of Conduct, which includes protections for workers.

Have you considered the financial loss associated with getting caught up in a community conflict, both from a dispute resolution perspective as well as failing to deliver due to operational disruption?

Research shows that conflicts between local communities and companies leading to violence and project shutdowns can result in losses as high as US$20 million a week due to delayed production, mostly from lost sales. Because the cost of conflict is often rolled into local operating costs and not identified separately and aggregated, these issues do not get adequate attention or recognition at board level.


This introductory yet in-depth course is designed to provide training to directors, managers and employees working in any sector to help them understand the basic principles of human rights and the UN Guidelines on Business and Human Rights, with practical case studies that will provide a good comprehension of:

  • the core international human rights instruments
  • why businesses are responsible for respecting human rights
  • how business should approach human rights in a way that:
    • protects business value
    • avoids and mitigates risk
    • involves all parts of the company and relevant stakeholders

This general introductory course includes additional modules focusing on key practical challenges for businesses when it comes to managing their human rights impacts. These are:

  • developing adequate due diligence procedures
  • reporting transparently on material human rights issues
  • establishing effective grievance mechanisms


  • specialist knowledge on subject of business and human rights
  • practical case studies based on business experience
  • career advancement
  • increased confidence in managing human rights impacts
  • leadership development


: What are human rights?
: How do the UN Guiding Principles work in practice?
Human Rights Due Diligence
Human Rights Reporting
Grievance Mechanisms


This e-learning module provides a dynamic e-learning experience and each module should take registrants about one hour to complete. There are five modules in total. Prices are highly competitive and based on a per user amount. This includes access for 1 year, hosting and technical support.

Single user

£132including VAT

5 users

£600including VAT

10 users

£1200including VAT

For more than 10 users please contact us at for further pricing options.

The course provides specialist knowledge on the subject of business and human rights, along with practical case studies based on business experience. It will enable participants to:

  • understand the basic principles of human rights as they apply to business
  • have a good understanding of the core international human rights instruments
  • gain insights on how business should approach human rights in a way that:
    • protects business value
    • avoids and mitigates risk
    • considers which parts of the company and relevant stakeholders should be involved


Each module consists of comprehensive lecture notes, short, informative and relevant videos, example case studies, and questions at the end. The modules vary in length but should take on average 1 hour each to complete. The quizzes at the end of each module are there to evaluate your understanding of the concepts covered. The overall time to complete the course should not exceed 6 hours. However, users may proceed at own pace.