Human Rights Impact Assessment Guidance and Toolbox

Human Rights Impact Assessment Guidance and Toolbox


The Danish Institute for Human Rights

Type(s) of Tool

GuidelinesOperationalize sustainability principles, less specific than Benchmarks or Rating Systems., Impact AssessmentsEvaluate the impacts of assets or policies on the environment and local livelihoods.


Tools applicable to all sectors

Lifecycle Phase(s)

Enabling EnvironmentConditions that enable the integration of sustainability practices (regulation, laws, frameworks etc.)., Strategic PlanningPublic authorities identify the needs and long-term vision for infrastructure development., Project PlanningGeneral strategy for a project’s delivery is developed.

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The Toolbox and Guidance for Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIA) aims to guide HRIA – which serve to identify, understand, assess and address the impact of business activities on human rights holders – for large-scale business projects and activities conducted at project or site level. The tool provides individual guidance documents for the different project lifecycle phases from planning and scoping to reporting and evaluation as well as case studies. Thereby, the tool supports human rights practitioners and businesses alike in conducting HRIA.

Tool Outcome

The Toolbox and Guidance supports human rights practitioners and institutions, governments, businesses, NGOs and financial institutions in undertaking Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIA).

Sustainability Criteria

The 10 key criteria for HRIA which are also mentioned by the tool are:
– Meaningful participation
– Non-discrimination
– Empowerment
– Transparency
– Accountability
– Use of human rights standards
– Analysis of actual and potential impacts (caused, contributed to and directly linked to)
– Assessment of severity of human rights impacts
– Inclusion of impact mitigation measures
– Focus on access to remedy


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