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Arisa appeals to the responsibility of companies to respect human rights in a number of different ways. For companies, Arisa is a source of information, a watchdog, a discussion partner and a participant in RBC initiatives.

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Businesses have a responsibility to respect human rights. They must identify (risks of) abuses in their business operations, prevent them and provide redress when abuses occur. This applies to their own company and direct business relationships, but also to the entire supply chain in which they operate. This responsibility is set out in international guidelines from both the UN and the OECD.      

Arisa appeals to companies’ responsibility to respect human rights in a number of ways. 

For companies, Arisa is a:

Resource for information

The Arisa research on supply chains in South Asia provides companies with insight into working conditions in specific supply chains and sectors. It highlights the severity of abuses and malpractices and discusses the effectiveness of efforts to address them. Before publication, Arisa gives companies named in a research report the opportunity to review and respond to the findings.

Watchdog

Arisa engages with companies on the human rights abuses and grievances found in their supply chain. If companies address abuses effectively, they can be cited positively in a report. However, if repeated abuses are found and there is no improvement, Arisa publishes and disseminates its findings more widely. Sometimes this is done through partnerships and campaigns in which Arisa is involved.

Dialogue partner

Arisa is open to dialogue with companies that are serious about addressing (the risks of) human rights violations and abuses in their supply chains. A dialogue with a company may involve providing feedback or pointing out specific tools. Conversely, Arisa may question a company about its supply chain. However, Arisa is not a management consultant; in many cases Arisa will refer companies to sectoral or multi-stakeholder initiatives. 

Participant in RBC initiatives

In some cases, Arisa works with companies on a long-term basis. This is often in the context of broader initiatives involving trade unions, other civil society organisations and the government as well as companies. For companies, such collaboration can help them to address abuses in their supply chains. Arisa looks for the following when deciding whether to join an initiative: the initiative must have concrete objectives, companies must remain ultimately responsible, and they must be willing to make a substantial commitment and be transparent about the supply chain. Government involvement in the initiative and a link to government policy is also an important and decisive factor.