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Kenya: assessing human rights throughout our value chain

Case study

As part of our commitment to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP), we need to make sure that we can identify and assess potential human rights impacts throughout our business, and address them within our markets. This year, we developed a comprehensive Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA), which looks at every element of our value chain - including raw materials sourcing, manufacturing, contractors, operations, sales and marketing, and third-party operations.

We conducted our first HRIA in Kenya. The assessment involved visits to barley and sorghum farms and farming communities, supplier manufacturing units and retailers and bars selling our products. We also held meetings with employees, union members, workers on the factory lines, personnel providers, contract workers, NGOs we support, and other external parties.

Overall our HRIA confirmed a strong foundation for human rights in our work in Kenya, with committed leadership, robust awareness of policies and processes, and best-in-class water management. As a result we are in the process of developing action plans so that we can strengthen our business. The HRIA also highlighted our work to empower communities, especially through our relationships with barley and sorghum farmers.

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