Everywhere, human rights are at risk from the impacts of COVID-19. People around the world fear for their life and health, livelihoods, civil liberties and privacy, to name just a few issues. At the same time, many businesses are facing existential threats, as they seek to survive or adapt to a new and unprecedented reality. As they make painful decisions, companies need to bring precision thinking to how their choices will impact the lives of people that work for, depend on, or are otherwise connected to their business.
This resource offers focuses on five approaches that companies can put in practice to ensure that they are making rights-respecting decisions:
- Apply the lens of vulnerability to prioritize action
- Involve relevant stakeholders in critical decision-making processes
- Use leverage with governments on policy responses
- Communicate your actions clearly
- Have honest decisions about risks that are baked into the business model
The last page on this resource is an annex that can help companies get started on identifying the increased or new human rights risks that arise as a consequence of the pandemic.