Call for Proposals: Local implementation of grievance mechanisms for Voluntary Sustainability Standards’ members

18th January 2022

In October 2021, Bonsucro was awarded a grant from the ISEAL Innovation Fund, which is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), for a project to share learning and good practice with other voluntary sustainability schemes on due diligence and grievance mechanisms. The project is a collaboration with the Responsible Jewellery Council.

The project will enable ISEAL Community members and their stakeholders to access learning and good practice on the implementation of due diligence systems and grievance mechanisms by voluntary sustainability schemes, both in alignment with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Instruments on Due Diligence for Responsible Business Conduct (RBC). We will use this research to develop guidance and resources on good practice on both due diligence and grievance mechanisms for voluntary sustainability schemes.

As part of the project, we are looking for human rights due diligence experts to carry out a short consultancy that will develop terms of reference to help to identify organisations in different regions that can further support the accessibility of grievance mechanisms, in alignment with the UNGP effectiveness criteria.

If you are interested, please download the call for proposals and submit your interest by 2 February. Interested researchers should contact Rafael Seixas for any queries regarding this opportunity.

The project launched in October 2021 and is expected to take around nine months to complete.