The impact your organization has on the world has become a defining factor for its future success. ‘Doing good’ has become companies’ license to operate in the current economy. This concept of sustainable business goes beyond greener operations or philantropy: Your organizations’ bottom line is increasingly expected by both society and policy makers to have a positive impact on the systems and societies it interacts with throughout the value chain.
The U.N. propels human rights policy – including digital rights and environmental rights policy – forward to take an increasingly important stake in business. For example, the Sustainable Development Goals’ cross-cutting nature requires those companies that report on SDG progress to take a good look at how to prevent and address impacts across their business activities and value chains. The explosive growth of sustainable finance also has a role her: Investors increasingly manage social impact risks in their investment activities and show how they take action in managing those risks.
This affects the conduct of public affairs as well. Responsible political engagement is ever more being viewed as a social impact and human rights issue. Business associations and internal public affairs and government affairs functions are progressively expected to apply due diligence and to create coherence between company sustainability and human rights efforts. And its not just about mitigating negative correlations, it is also about using public affairs for good: Companies are increasingly speaking out in favor of states’ rights to regulate in the public interest and argue positively for the SDGs.
There is momentum towards mandatory human rights due diligence. The United Nations Guiding Principles on Human Rights roadmap towards 2030 propose ‘a mix of smart policy measurements’, and we see that human rights is already taking an increasingly prominent role in trade and investment agreements. Regional governments like the EU are taking legislative initiatives for mandatory human rights and social impact due diligence, and some member states recently even drive national legislation to raise ambitions higher. Courts are riding on this trend as well: The ‘soft law’ of the UNGP is increasingly referred to by courts in ‘hard law’ judgments. 2021 was a landmark year for corporate human rights litigation.
The last few years have seen companies are taking up their place in the drivers’ seat when it comes to environmental change. Now their social impact is becoming a part of that mission as well. CSR and public affairs professionals will need to closely work together to not only avoid negative legislative backlash, but especially to drive your company to make a positive impact on the systems in which it operates. Are you curious to learn how? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team to request a proposal.
Why is Dr2 Consultants different?
Dr2 Consultants’ core competency is to connect businesses with the U.N. We pay great attention to understand how your organization works and how your daily operations are deployed, thereby establishing the right link with the most effective Public Affairs approach. By doing so, Dr2 Consultants empowers your organization so you can be successful in your advocacy towards U.N. policymaking.
The power of empowerment
Empowerment: Dr2 Consultants guides organizations in becoming successful in analyzing, assessing and addressing the impact of the U.N. legislative processes at the right time and the right level. By addressing weaknesses and reinforcing strengths based on their organizational needs, Dr2 Consultants enables organizations in developing and embedding their Public Affairs activities. Dr2 Consultants aims at creating a sustainable relationship with clients where the colleagues in charge feel empowered to represent their companies in the U.N. arena.
Network: Dr2 Consultants excels an outstanding network of transport-focused policymakers and their offices, corporations and trade associations who acknowledge our expertise and are willing to provide us with behind–the-scene intelligence. The mutual trust within our established network allows us to draw knowledge from different sources, enabling us to support our clients in the most time and resource efficient manner. Dr2 Consultants builds on its network to create coalitions and platforms among like-minded stakeholders with the ultimate goal to make a meaningful impact.
Innovative Public Affairs: Dr2 Consultants has an eye for innovative Public Affairs solutions. Thinking outside the box is part of our everyday job: Dr2 Consultants works together with organizations which are frontrunners in their respective fields, therefore it is within our DNA to offer innovative solutions in supporting organizations’ Public Affairs activities.