In our work on the Transparency Act, the Student Welfare Organisation of Southeast Norway (SSN) has established an overall picture of the risk of violations of human and employee rights.
SSN's work with due diligence assessments (the Transparency Act) is based on the principles and guidance in the UN's guiding principles on business and human rights (UNGP, 2011) and the OECD's model for due diligence guidance for responsible business conduct (OECD, 2018).
Various sources are used in SSN's establishment of an overall picture of the risk of violations of human and employee rights.
The Norwegian Agency for Public and Financial Management's (DFØ) guidance on public procurement and human rights (PPHR): High Risk List
The CSR Risk Check tool - MVO, the Netherlands: Home | CSR Risk Check
Employee rights: ITUC_GlobalRightsIndex_2021_EN-final.pdf (mutualcdn.com)
Corruption: CPI score 2021
Product list child labor and forced labor: List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor | U.S. Department of Labor (dol.gov)
Country list several risk factors: BSCI score 2021
Sanctions export (can be used when assessing import / procurement):
Environment: The 2022 Environmental Performance Index (EPI)
The initial mapping work forms the basis for further prioritization of mapping and measures where The Student Welfare Organisation of Southeast Norway has the most negative impact. Prioritizing the most negative impact means directing efforts towards the risk of the most severe risks and violations of human rights, corruption and the environment. Prioritizing risk does not mean that some rights are more important than others or that nothing is done about other things. This means that something is so severe that it is prioritized first.
Scale = Severity for the people affected
Scope = Number of people affected
Remediability = Possibility to repair - (eg if someone loses a hand or dies - it is not possible to retur to the state prior to the damage/injury).
Café and canteen services
Real estate management and real estate development
The results of the overall mapping show so far that The Student Welfare Organisation of Southeast Norway buys products within product categories that are considered high-risk categories.
Purchase of building and construction materials
Purchase of electronics and ICT
Purchase of food and beverages
Purchase of office supplies
Purchase of toys and sports equipment
Purchase of textiles, work clothes and footwear
Purchase of cars and other vehicles
In general, we know that longer and more complicated supply chains increase the risk of human rights violations or indecent working conditions. A significant difference in the survey is therefore based on Norwegian-produced goods and imported goods, where imports constitute a significantly higher risk in the survey. This will be important for further mapping and prioritization of risk in SSN.