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

 
 

Managing the secretariat of “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 is responsible for the operational management of the secretariat and for its strategic development.

Barrierefreie Schweiz

Developing a CR strategy for a global business

focusright supported DER Touristik in the development of a customized and pragmatic CR strategy. A benchmark analysis comparing the company 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

Establishing a human rights due diligence framework

focusright evaluated dormakaba’s human rights performance, identified relevant gaps and developed a human rights due diligence framework for the company. Internal and external stakeholder consultations lead to the identification of salient human rights issues, as well as to the elaboration of respective measures and an 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 the monitoring process of the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP) on behalf of the German Government until 2020. The objective is to review to what extent companies based in Germany comply with the due diligence requirements enshrined in the German NAP.

German Federal Foreign Office (AA)

Responsible business conduct and strategy development

Based on a gap and SWOT analysis, focusright conducted interviews with senior management and evaluated the current state of Ricola’s existing sustainability management. A roadmap was prepared based on the social, ecological, and economic challenges identified as relevant. focusright provides continuing support in the implementation process 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 with practical assistance in identifying human rights risks and measures to respect human rights in their operations and along their value chains.

Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism

Human rights impact assessment tool for small- and medium-sized tour operators

focusright is currently developing a practice-oriented “blueprint” consisting of guidelines, supporting documents and transferable tools for small- and medium-sized tour operators to conduct a human rights impact assessment (HRIA) for the Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism. The blueprint will be integrated in the Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism’s website and the “Get started” tool. 

Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) 

 

Human rights impact assessment in Thailand and Myanmar 

On behalf of the Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism, focusright is conducting a human rights impact assessment (HRIA) in Thailand and Myanmar in September 2019. focusright works with Roundtable members to prepare and conduct this exemplary value-chain oriented HRIA and to develop and implement an action plan for follow-up measures. 

Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism / State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) / Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) 

Training concept for Swiss SMEs on human rights due diligence

On behalf of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), 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

In this study, focusright reviewed and evaluated the progress and challenges in the implementation of the UNGPs in Switzerland through the Swiss National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP) and identified whether there is a need to revise the Swiss NAP.

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

Corporate engagement strategy for UNICEF

UNICEF Switzerland is increasingly seeking 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:

amfori – trade with purpose

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: 70 Jahre Menschenrechte - auch für Unternehmen, in German only (Feb 2018)

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

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

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

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

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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