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Human Rights is one of our core work areas, which our team works on with companies and policy makers across the natural resources value chain. It is a foundation from which companies can retain and promote their social and political licenses to operate. Policy makers can promote global Human Rights standards and support their application in countries where they provide development assistance, helping to create system-level change.

Global experience

Our team of senior experts has been called to work on this work area in over 13+ countries in the past 10 years.

Business appropriate advisory

Our team of senior experts develops industry appropriate policies, strategies and management systems.

Our team of senior experts works with our clients to develop corporate policies, engage suppliers, work with multiple stakeholders, and undertake human rights impact assessments, raise awareness and establish human rights management systems.

With human rights at the centre of much of our work, including the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, we seek to ensure that our approach incorporates the core elements of human rights work; eliminating discrimination, special concern for the most vulnerable in society, adherence to internationally recognised standards, promoting participation, empowerment and accountability.

Not all of our assignments with corporate clients come with specified terms of reference. We therefore work with our clients to define requirements and sought after outcomes. Once we have done so, we will propose a broad direction and process to follow, along with a competent team to implement it. We take no shortcuts and will take the thorough route to arrive at solutions that are sustainable.

“Making Sure”

We offer:

  • Social and economic impact and risk assessments and issue prioritisation

  • Social management plan (SMP) development

  • Stakeholder engagement and development of annual Stakeholder Engagement Plans (SEPs)

Clients & Team

Dr. Nicholas Garrett


Harrison Mitchell


Recent Projects

For one of the largest electronic brands in the world RCS Global presented numerous options to engage with artisanal mining communities and ASM affected communities through a multi-stakeholder process to mitigate human rights and environmental impacts of tin mining in sensitive ecosystems.

For one of the top three electronics brands, RCS Global conducted the first validation audits of Asian suppliers to verify due diligence systems for conflict free sourcing. RCS Global works with our client at various level in the supply chain to verify and promote due diligence on the origin and chain of custody of minerals.

For AngloGold Ashanti, RCS Global produced community development implementation guidelines for grievance mechanisms, engagement and socio-economic contribution. The guidelines have served to operationalize the company’s community development management standards for different operational regions, countries and sites, incorporating global human rights standards.

For IDH, an organisation that accelerates and up-scales sustainable trade by building impact oriented multi-stakeholder coalitions, RCS Global undertook a strategic review of mining sustainability and Human Rights issues in the gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten sectors and provided strategic advisory on the development of a Sustainable Mining and Metals program with global application.


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