ABOUT US

"We support companies to embed human rights due diligence"

 
 

focusright provides consultancy services that make human rights tangible for business. We work with companies to embed responsible business practices and human rights due diligence throughout their business and supply chains. We work in a pragmatic, business-focused way that is aligned with international human rights standards and frameworks.

We operate in various sectors - one focus is on the development of socially responsible tourism.

As thought leaders in business and human rights, we build bridges between NGOs, businesses, academia and governments.

 

 

 
 

Team

 
 
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Sibylle Baumgartner

Director, Co-Founder

Sibylle has ten years of experience in the field of responsible business with a specific focus on social aspects. She has worked with companies from various industries focusing on elaborating responsible business strategies, implementing sustainable supply chain management and developing human rights due diligence frameworks.

Languages: German, French, English, Spanish

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Matthias Leisinger

Director, Co-Founder

Matthias is a specialist in corporate responsibility with fourteen years of experience in the private sector. His professional goal is driving change to create a more sustainable business model, which delivers commercial success. He has a record of success in human rights due diligence, capacity building and developing and managing multi-stakeholder initiatives. 

Languages: German, English, French

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Clients

 
 

Barrierefreie Schweiz

The aim of “Barrierefreie Schweiz” is to systematically collect information on accessibility in tourism and to communicate it as widely as possible. focusright manages the secretariat and provides operational and strategic support to the association.

Barrierefreie Schweiz

Developing a CR strategy for a global business

focusright supported the company in the development of a customized and pragmatic CR strategy. A benchmark analysis comparing DER Touristik with its competitors showed its positioning within the industry. Interviews with senior management helped to identify and prioritize measures and to develop a roadmap.

DER Touristik Group

Strategy for human rights due diligence

Evaluation of the current implementation, development of a human rights due diligence and supporting the identification of salient human rights as well as the elaboration of respective measures and action plan.

dormakaba Group

Monitoring of the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights in Germany

focusright is part of the consortium carrying out this monitoring process on behalf of the German Government by 2020. The objective is to review to what extent companies based in Germany are meeting their due diligence requirements anchored in the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights (NAP).

German Federal Foreign Office (AA)

Responsible business conduct and strategy development

Based on a gap and SWOT analysis, interviews of senior management the current state of existing sustainability management was assessed. A roadmap was prepared on the basis of the social, ecological, and economic challenges that were identified as relevant. focusright provides continuing support with a focus on responsible sourcing.

Ricola 

Get Started Tool for small- and medium-sized tour operators

The Get Started Tool is part of the website of the Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism and provides small- and medium-sized tour operators practical assistance in identifying human rights risks and measures to respect human rights into their operations and along their value chains.

Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism

 

Training concept for Swiss SMEs on human rights due diligence

focusright developed and implemented a training program for Swiss SMEs on human rights due diligence in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) / Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)

Study: Stocktaking of the implementation of the UNGPs by the Federal Council and Swiss companies

Review progress and challenges in the implementation of the UNGPs in Switzerland through the Swiss National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP): assessing the existing progress and challenges in the implementation of the UNGPs by Swiss businesses and Identifying whether there is a need to make revisions to the NAP.

State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) / Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)

Corporate engagement strategy for UNICEF

UNICEF Switzerland is increasingly seeking the cooperation with the private sector to integrate children's rights into companies’ policies and procedures. focusright supports the organisation with strategic guidance and implementation of concrete projects in collaboration with the private sector.

UNICEF Schweiz

Further clients:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Chur

myclimate

öbu

Remei AG / BioRe Foundation

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Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO)

Verein Neue Orgel Stadtcasino Basel

Publications & contributions

 
 

Study: Bestandsaufnahme über die Umsetzung der UNO-Leitprinzipien für Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte durch den Bund und durch Schweizer Unternehmen, in German only with Executive Summary in English (Juli 2018)

Gastbeitrag öbu - Der Verband für nachhaltiges Wirtschaften, in German only (Feb 2018) 70 Jahre Menschenrechte - auch für Unternehmen

Article in OrganisationsEntwicklung magazine, in German only (Oct 2017) Menschenrechte: (K)ein Thema für Unternehmen

Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism (Oct 2016)
Guidelines for the implementation of human rights-related due diligence in fragile contexts

Contribution to HRIA Guidance & Toolbox, Danish Institute for Human Rights, DIHR (Feb 2016)

Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism (Sep 2015)
Recommendations for implementation of labor and social standards for driving personnel in the tourism sector

Contribution to a set of tools on children’s rights due diligence for companies, UNICEF (2012-14)

Kuoni’s Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIAs) in Kenia (2012) & India (2014)

 
 

Contact

 
 

focusright gmbh
Zweierstrasse 35
8004 Zürich
Switzerland

Ph: +41 (0)44 461 77 88

 

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