Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence (HREDD) is a risk management process designed to manage and reduce risks that business poses to people and the environment. Having long been a voluntary exercise undertaken by private sector actors, in the EU it will soon become law: in February 2022 the European Commission presented its proposal for a European Union-wide HREDD regulation that foresees large companies introducing products on the EU market to reduce and remediate negative impacts they or their supply chains have on people or the environment. Grievance mechanisms is a further tool to solicit, process and resolve potential in-scope issues within supply chains.
HREDD practice in the Fairtrade system
DI peer reviewed Fairtrade's smallholder HREDD guide and co-authored Fairtrade's hired labour HREDD guide (publication forthcoming). In addition, DI produced for Fairtrade a corresponding Excel tool which supports hired labour organisations to implement HREDD (publication forthcoming).
Farmer Group HREDD and Grievance Mechanism SOPs for Barry Callebaut
For Barry Callebaut's value chains in Ghana, Cameroon and Cote d'Ivoire, DI produced two Standard Operating Procedures that aim to:
develop the human rights structures and function of farmer groups (including cooperatives), and enable them to effectively address violations of in-scope human rights in their cocoa supply chain operations.
develop grievance mechanisms at the base of supply chains with which they can systematically log and resolve in-scope grievances.