Database Methodology


Human Rights Methodology

A human rights methodology uses human rights law—as codified in international treaties and conventions—to analyze and assess business activity. This methodology frames a human rights abuse as it relates to international human rights law, rather than other sources of law or ethics. It generally requires information gathering about a human rights problem and draws conclusions of fact from the information gathered (fact-finding). All reports found in the B-HRD Database use a human rights methodology with reference to key international human rights sources and based on first-hand investigations.

TheB-HRD Human Rights Frameworkprovides a conceptual basis for understanding and categorizing the full spectrum of human rights directly and indirectly affected by businesses across industries and regions. The B-HRD Framework also identifies groups particularly affected by business activity, as well as the accountability mechanisms pursued to seek justice. The Framework was designed using the provisions and authoritative interpretations of the following instruments: