|Introduction : |
Develop Human Rights and Environment Due Diligence Toolkit for Apparel Sector in Sri Lanka
Over the last several decades, pro-growth policies have translated into higher incomes and reduced poverty levels in many countries in Asia. However, rapid economic development has not come without significant costs and risks. Today, there is growing concern that key industries in Asia are having an unsustainable impact on the environment, with irreversible consequences for individuals, families, and societies. There is an urgent need or a stronger understanding of the interconnections between human rights, business, and the environment. In this spirit, increasing numbers of human rights experts and environmental specialists are abandoning their siloes and elevating discussions on the right to a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment.
In the Sri Lanka context, private sector and other actors have also become increasingly more conscious about their impact on the environment as well as how the rights of all their stakeholders can be upheld. Therefore, under the Business and Human Rights in Asia project, UNDP Sri Lanka has been building the capacity of businesses on how to carry out Human Rights and Environment Due Diligence in specific sectors
OBJECTIVE AND SCOPE OF INTERVENTION
Therefore, in order to
(1) drive business attention to the interconnections between business, human rights and the environment, and
(2) introduce possible solutions linked to the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), UNDP Sri Lanka intends to develop a customized tool and provide a training on the human rights risks posed by the Apparel and Textile Sector of Sri Lanka.
A mapping of risks will be conducted, and further inform the development of training materials including training modules and a curriculum, while supporting capacity building on environmental and human rights due diligence for companies that operate in the Apparel and Textile Industry.
More specifically, the service provider will develop and publish:
1) a mapping study of the most salient risks posed by industries operating in the Apparel and Textile Sector in Sri Lanka ;
2) training modules and curriculum for trainings for businesses, their suppliers and partners on HREDD;
3) develop a HREDD self assessment tool, modeled on UNDP’s COVID-19 Human Rights Due Diligence Self Assessment tool and
4) conduct trainings on HREDD based on the modules, curriculum and tools.
Please refer to the TOR for details.
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