November 18th, 2020

InPACTO launches index for companies to create Human Rights policies

Data platform will allow companies to create
human rights policies with prioritization criteria

O InPACTO (National Pact Institute for the Eradication of Slave Labor) launches on November 19 the InPACTO Vulnerability Index (IVI), an innovative platform that will help companies locate, measure and mitigate the risks of human rights violations throughout their production chain.

The initiative aims to qualify corporate human rights policies. The index will allow companies to become aware of the risks of slave-like and child labor in their production chains, both for a sectoral and georeferenced approach. With this, they will be able to establish priorities and improve remedial actions, as suggested by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

What is the Index - The InPACTO Vulnerability Index is a platform powered by socioeconomic data from all over Brazil. There are 420 national, state and municipal indicators taken from sources in the Brazilian statistical system, such as the Multidimensional Statistics Database, the Basic Municipal Information Survey, the Central Business Register, the Demographic Census, the Profile of IBGE's Brazilian Municipalities, the System ILO Municipal Decent Work Indicators and the MPT and ILO Digital Slave Labor Observatory, among others.

These statistics are analyzed together with information on the occurrence of slave-like work in documents such as the Dirty List, reports on inspection operations and numbers and occurrences of formal and informal work in the regions, as well as data indirectly linked to work, such as the existence whether or not public facilities for leisure, culture, health and education. All of this makes up the vulnerability picture and points out which populations are potential victims of the exploitation of slave or child labor due to their socioeconomic status. Such a framework also indicates to companies committed to decent work situations of risk of human rights violations, which must be vehemently repudiated.

These data are grouped into “risk maps” organized by modules (Pension, Labor, Education, Health, etc.). According to the lack or abundance and concentration of factors, the analyzed geographical area receives a score ranging from 0 to 1. The closer to 1, the greater the vulnerability.

The Index already takes into account national data obtained in the context of covid-19, which may reveal the impacts of the pandemic on the vulnerability of Brazilian regions, on slave-like work and on child labor.

For Mércia C. Silva, executive director of InPACT, this index has everything to constitute a robust system of due dilligence on the subject of human rights. The information will also subsidize companies and other local agents in the design of strategies to adequately respond to the challenges of a specific location and the sector in an assertive manner and with better quality.

“We want the Index to become a common reference for productive sectors and geographic regions of the country. It can bring security to companies' risk management and the necessary efficiency in investment in favor of decent work”, concludes Mércia.

Nacional day of black consciousness - Since 2011, Brazil has celebrated on November 20 the Nacional day of black consciousness. The countless celebrations that will take place by the date in 2020 will, more than ever, remember the countless situations of institutional racism experienced around the world, as well as highlight the global awakening to the legacy and the consequences of slavery systems in the Americas. These celebrations also need to rekindle the urgency among us to integrate companies to the cause of combating structural racism and its consequences in the country. The InPACTO Vulnerability Index can make a decisive contribution in this matter.

Informality among the Afro-descendant population in Brazil remains very strong, and the presence of this population in formal posts has not yet been consolidated. Reinforcing this trend of precariousness, the inspection reports show the existence of a huge contingent of Brazilian men and women belonging to minorities, such as indigenous people and immigrants, who are more exposed to enticements for work similar to slavery and for child labor. Therefore, good practices of racial inclusion in companies will contribute to the eradication of the wound of slavery in the country, as well as to reduce the social and economic inequality, of which Brazil is one of the world champions.

Companies interested in knowing the InPACTO Vulnerability Index (IVI) can contact Daniele Martins (dmartins@inpacto.org.br), project coordinator, or with the executive director, Mércia Silva (mercia@inpacto.org.br).

Go to: https://indicedevulnerabilidade.org.br/

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