Small and medium-sized businesses/enterprises (SME) can often have significant advantages over larger multinational organisations when it comes to realizing their responsibility to respect human rights.

Despite this, there is a common misconception that SMEs lack the resources and expertise to manage human rights issues. During this session, we looked at challenging this myth by discussing some of their key advantages, including:

  • The value of quality relationships with business partners;
  • How long-term partnerships enable greater consideration of human rights;
  • The need for SMEs to think creatively about securing leverage with suppliers to address human rights.


- Francis West (he/him), Business Engagement Director, Shift

- Pascale Schuit, Responsible Coffee Sourcing, Union Hand-Roasted Coffee

This webinar is perfect for you if you are a sustainability professional involved in human rights due diligence or maintaining your organisation’s management system.

This webinar counts for 1 hour of CPD, so don’t forget to add it to your IEMA CPD Portal. This can be accessed through your member account on


Focus on Human Rights Due Diligence: How SMEs are best placed to meet the Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights - Webinar Slides - CLICK HERE

Responsible Coffee Sourcing - P, Schuit, Union Coffee - CLICK HERE

Respecting Human Rights – The challenges and opportunities for SMEs - F, West, Shift - CLICK HERE