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Human rights due diligence in conflict-affected settings: Guidance overview and summary (International Alert, 2016)

This report provides a summary of our forthcoming guidance on human rights due diligence in conflict-affected settings. The guidance addresses the question of how companies can ensure respect for human rights in their operations without exacerbating or generating conflicts, by providing recommendations, considerations, case studies and tools to help companies integrate conflict sensitivity into the human rights due diligence process. Since International Alert published its Conflict-sensitive business practice in 2005, the field of business and human rights has emerged as a highly influential area of theory and practice. However, while there has been substantial uptake of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), particularly around company efforts to undertake more rigorous human rights due diligence, there is little available guidance on what this means for companies operating in conflict-affected settings.