Access to Remedy in South Asia: Supply Chain Grievance Mechanisms, a Practical Perspective and Look Forward
Adopted and upcoming human rights due diligence legislations require companies to install a supply chain grievance mechanism as one of the key ways to provide access to remedy to rightsholders. Implementing an effective company-based mechanism, while at the same time navigating existing structures that are already present in sourcing countries can be a real challenge for companies. Understanding the local situation is one of the necessary steps that need to be achieved in order to roll out such an initiative effectively. This ensures that the supply chain grievance mechanism is designed to be readily accessible to all rightsholders and especially vulnerable groups, following the guidance set by the UNGP effectiveness criteria. Together with a panel of experts we want to bring a practical perspective on what is needed to do so and how an inclusive and collaborative approach benefits companies, producers and complainants.
Bringing together all relevant stakeholder perspectives, this panel will showcase how different parties and initiatives can work together to provide the best access to remedy in a resource-efficient manner. Panelists will share learnings from their own experience in South Asia, but also some key challenges they faced in implementing access to remedy across supply chains. The panel will also explore how collaborations between companies but also between mechanisms and initiatives can enable more effective remedy and avoid duplication for the rightsholders. The panel will discuss concrete examples of such ongoing collaborations, and of stakeholder consultation in South Asia with the hope of providing learnings and inspiring further collaborations in the region on access to remedy.
The key objectives of this session are to:
Share learnings and perspectives from practical implementation of providing access to remedy in supply chains
Understand how collaborations can benefit all participants in grievance mechanisms
Why local stakeholder engagement and consultations are crucial in setting up effective access to remedy
Panelists will reflect on the following questions:
Which elements do organizations and companies need to consider to build an effective access to remedy approach and supply chain level grievance mechanisms in the light of existing and upcoming due diligence legislation?
How can collaboration not only between companies, but also between membership organizations and initiatives maximize the reach and impact they have towards rightsholders?
How to maximize the benefits from local stakeholder engagement and consultations to benefit supply chain grievance mechanisms
What can be learned from collaborations that are already ongoing as to what elements are needed for a successful collaboration?