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Human Rights


Influence Africa promotes companies’ use of BHR assessment tools. These include practical self-assessments such as Human Rights Compliance Assessment (HRCA) and the Human Rights and Business Game. These tools have been developed to assist companies in translating human rights into practice.

Implementing good human rights standards in companies is a matter of investment and helps companies to identify cost reductions. The most significant opportunities available through actively implementing human rights are:

  • good reputation of company and products;
  • increased motivation and productivity of workers;
  • understanding of the society in which the company works;
  • social license to operate; good relations with community groups, NGOs, unions and other stakeholders;
  • effective risk identification and management;
  • attractive investment climate; and
  • contribution to corporate social responsibility and sustainable development.

BHR64Towards supporting companies to mainstream human rights as part of core business strategy, Influence Africa:

  • provides training for managers, employees and civil society organisations on business and human rights;
  • support companies in the use of human rights business tools and advice on the implementation of human rights in their policies, procedures and practices;
  • provide links between companies and local society organisations through our regional network;
  • organise regular meetings on business and human rights;
  • enhance the capacity of civil society organisations in Africa in order for them to promote and work with business and human rights tools; provide companies with a systematic and in-depth analysis of sensitive human rights issues in their areas of operation; and
  • applying business and human rights tools to enable companies to assess their human rights approaches. These include Human Rights and Business Game: a playful way to introduce human rights in the business context to your organisation or company; Quick Check: short version of the HRCA, which can be used independently; the CSR Compass (Codex): provides guidance on how to develop social standards, screening and monitoring systems for suppliers and contractors.

Gender Mainstreaming

Influence Africa is aware of issues affecting women around the world. Gender mainstreaming is not merely addressing issues affecting women such as health, gender based-violence and unemployment; it is a process that requires institutional capacity to ensure that policy and decision-making on gender effectively contribute towards closing the existing gap between men and women.

Influence Africa is highly dedicated in assisting organisations with streamlining their business agendas to be more sensitive towards gender issues. Our contribution towards addressing gender mainstreaming is by assisting institutions with:

  • in-depth research;
  • project/programme development;
  • monitoring and evaluation tools;
  • creating platforms for stakeholder engagement such as workshops and conferences; and

We are creative in our approach towards tackling the topic of gender especially through our media creations such as film documentaries and knowledge materials that are easily accessible to a wide-range of audiences and stakeholders including policy makers, NGO’s, multi-lateral institutions, businesses and the general public.

Our work also focuses on sustainability reporting; community and stakeholder engagements; social assessments and local economic development. Visit our social responsibility page for more details on these core areas of expertise.



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