Digi organised the Responsible Business Summit 2020 on 20 and 21 July 2020 and invited me to speak on human rights in the context of supply chains and operations. Digi commendably commits to upholding high standards and international best practices in conducting business and dealing with customers, partners, supply chain and employees, across areas such as data protection, inclusive business, environment and human rights.

During the forum, I touched on how land and labour issues, locally and abroad, as well as any other breach of local laws, such as corrupt practices, could affect business operations. Usually referred to as Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance, these are in fact human rights issues.

To mitigate human rights risks, top management can conduct Human Rights Risk Asssessments (HRRAs) while civil society organisations or workers could be involved in validation exercises such as Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIAs).

To support suppliers in cleaning up supply chains, there can be remediation through Corrective Action Plans and targeted training, and also by developing sustainability indices comparable to those of competitors. There needs to be further engagement, empowerment and enforcement between buyers and suppliers.

Below is a recording of the talk and the full playlist for the summit can be accessed here.