We are a boutique business and human rights advisory services firm. We work with companies, investors and other private sector entities to help them place respect for human rights at the core of their business.
Respect for human rights starts with us. If you are working with us, we commit to respecting your human rights at all times.
We commit to treating you with respect and dignity, and to pro-actively understand how you are finding you working experience with us. You can always raise any concerns or grievances you have with us, at any time. We commit to listening and finding ways to address these together. We commit to ensuring that you do not suffer any retaliation for raising your concerns or grievances.
If you feel uncomfortable raising grievances with us directly, we have provided you details of an independent mediator that you can raise grievances with, and who will support us in finding a solution. We will cover the costs of this mediation.
This commitment to your rights applies, irrespective of how you are working with us (e.g., on an employment contract, as a contractor) and what you are working with us on (e.g., business and human rights support, administrative support).
This also means that we ask that you treat others with respect as well. This includes how you work with others, including employees, consultants, clients and other experts we interact with.
At the end of the day, everyone we interact with is a person that is entitled to respect and dignity.
Here are just a few examples of what this commitment looks like in practice:•
We are also deeply concerned about the climate crisis that we find ourselves in, and we believe that we each have a role to play to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. We ask that you are mindful about your own carbon footprint as you work with us. The following are examples of what this can entail:•
We know that we work on challenging topics, sometime with tight timeframes. Our approach is that you always come first. You should feel that your working hours are reasonable. You should always feel empowered to prioritize your own mental health and wellbeing, and let us know how we can support you in doing so. This could include extending deadlines for client deliverables, taking time off work and re-prioritising projects.
We don’t always have visibility into what may be causing you stress, or where the workload may be viewed as too large. We commit to paying attention to your wellbeing and mental health, and we also ask that you feel empowered to share with us if you feel that you may be facing challenges. While we obviously don’t need to know about your own personal or private matters, we are here if there is anything you would like to share with us that can help us in designing a working experience that is most appropriate for your personal life.
We will make pro-active efforts to create spaces for discussion on this topic and, for our London-based team members, seek to organize regular get-togethers that will support our wellbeing as a team.
The following are examples of the kinds of measures that can help in achieving a healthy work-life balance:•
We are acutely aware of the structural inequalities that exist in the societies we are operating in, and are mindful of the role we can play. We are committed to raising awareness of these structural inequalities whenever we can with clients, as well as inspiring them to find systems-wide solutions to tackle the root cause of issues we face as humanity.
We are eager to accelerate equality for all and to create an inclusive workplace where everyone feels like they belong. We will take active steps to support this, and will seek to support access to the business and human rights field for underrepresented groups, for instance by providing counsel to students and young professionals from these groups.
Here are some other important matters for us:•
We are always open to improving our processes, and if there are areas of growth that you see for us, please let us know.
Thank you for your help and support in helping us meet our Code of Conduct.
Founder and Director