Course #13.  Human rights in Impact Assessment: understanding the fundamentals and providing tools for practice






This one-day, foundational level training provides participants with an introduction to the human rights issues associated with large projects and practical ways to operationalize the corporate responsibility to respect human rights as established in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Communities living in conflict and post-conflict countries, areas

affected or recovering from natural and industrials disasters as well as climate change impacts are often exposed to violations of their human rights, which affects the magnitude of the impacts received, the possibility of recovering from the crisis and compromises a socially sustainable future. Respect for human rights by businesses is becoming an increasingly important requirement, not least due to legal developments requiring companies to demonstrate if they have

adverse impacts and how they address these. This foundational course seeks to introduce participants to human rights issues relevant to the impact assessment field of practice, and will help practitioners to better understand the human rights issues of projects and the scenarios where projects are developed.


By the end of the one-day course, participants should have gained an understanding of:


  • what human rights are and how they relate to projects;

  • the corporate responsibility to respect human rights in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights;

  • key considerations on what it means to integrate human rights in impact assessment, along with practical tools to use in practice.


Level: Foundation

Prerequisites for participants: There is no specific prerequisite, however it is presumed that participants will have a general understanding of impact assessment.

Language of delivery: English

Duration: 1 day (3 May)

Price: US$275

Min/max: 10/30

Instructors: Tulika Bansal, Senior Advisor, Human Rights and Development, Danish Institute for Human Rights (Denmark); Jacqueline Tedaldi, Consultant, Community Insights Group (Denmark)




Tulika Bansal


Tulika Bansal works as Senior Adviser at the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR)In this role she provides expert advice on human rights leading multinational companies in various sectors.


Tulika has been involved in nearly twenty country-level or sector-wide human rights impact assessments (HRIA) globally. She is also involved in the development of impact assessment methodologies, including DIHR's HRIA Guidance and Toolbox and collaborative approaches to HRIA.

She is a frequent speaker on human rights due diligence and human rights impact assessment and has vast experience giving trainings on human rights, due diligence and impact assessment to companies, industry associations, development finance institutions, government representatives and national human rights commissions.


While working globally, her geographical areas of expertise include responsible business in Asia, in particular Burma/Myanmar and increasingly in LAC region, focusing on Chile   She is part of the Myanmar project team, which has co-founded the Myanmar Center for Responsible Business (MCRB) in Yangon, for which she has led a sector-wide impact assessment of the tourism sector and is currently leading on a similar assessment in the palm oil sector in Myanmar.


Tulika previously worked as a researcher on labor rights for the Dutch Trade Union Confederation (FNV Mondiaal) in the Netherlands and as a researcher and trainer for an NGO based in Chiang Mai, Thailand focusing on the human rights impacts of large-scale investment projects in Myanmar. In India she worked with Cividep, a Bangalore based NGO working on corporate accountability, where she focused on labour rights in the Indian garment sector. In addition, she worked for the World Food Programme in Madagascar. Tulika is a guest lecturer on Children's Rights and Business at the Youth Law department of Leiden University, the Netherlands.




Jacqueline Tedaldi


Jacqueline Tedaldi is a Consultant at Community Insights Group. Her expertise and passion is how organizations can ensure that they truly respect human rights. This includes moving beyond a commitment to human rights to actually transforming mindsets, relationships and processes.


As a specialist in business and human rights and having conducted human rights impact assessments and other human rights risk studies in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America, Jacqueline has developed a deep understanding of social and human rights impacts and risks. She has also provided technical expertise in social as well as labour and working conditions, equality and non-discrimination, gender equality, community development, land rights, security, grievance mechanisms and access to remedy in E&S due diligences.


Jacqueline co-developed the Danish Institute for Human Rights ‪Human Rights Impact Assessment Guidance and Toolbox and has developed internal guidance and methodologies on human rights assessment. She also co-led the development of INGA, an online platform for country social and human rights context reports. She has also experience in developing corporate-wide training programs on human rights and business and has conducted workshops for E&S consultants on how to integrate human rights in ESIAs.


Jacqueline holds an MSc in International Business and Politics with a specialization in International Political Economy from Copenhagen Business School, and a BA in Political Science from Hofstra University in New York.