We provide businesses with the practical and strategic advice they need to incorporate respect for human rights into their operations and along their value chains.

Our Services

We help your company meet its responsibilities with respect to human rights. We adapt our services and products to the specific needs of your company and take into account different maturity levels of human rights due diligence management across departments, subsidiaries, and supply chains. Our solutions ensure that you conduct business in line with relevant due diligence laws and international standards on business and human rights.

– Human Rights Due Diligence Management Services –

Risk Analysis and Impact Assessment

Human rights risk analysis at corporate, country, sector, supply chain and product levels. Impact assessment on rights-holders via research, assessment frameworks and risk mitigation roadmaps.

Gap
Assessment

Assessment of gaps between existing policies, systems and practices, and human rights due diligence laws, international standards and sector standards

Policies and
Governance

Human rights-related policies tailored to company and industry challenges and effective governance structures that embed human rights in all key processes

Risk Management &
Mitigation

Risk management systems, supplier management systems incl. “beyond audit” solutions, capacity building and training for the company’s own employees and suppliers

Grievance
Mechanisms

Grievance mechanisms in line with applicable laws and standards, and corporate processes for receiving and managing human rights-related complaints

Performance Measurement and Reporting

Structures to measure and report human rights performance in line with legal requirements, standards and best practices

– Complementary Services –

In addition to our core business of establishing human rights due diligence management systems, we offer the following services:

Country and Sector-Specific Research and Briefings

Customized country report, industry insights, policy briefings and benchmarks to support knowledge-building and internal alignment

Legal
Monitoring

Legal briefs on the client’s legal landscape and explanations of the business implications of legislative developments and court decisions

Executive
Briefings

Customised, succinct and customised summary of key information on human rights risks relevant for decisionmakers and investors

Capacity
Building

Tailored internal training, supplier workshops and executive sessions on human rights topics to align teams and strengthen human rights outcomes

Stakeholder Engagement and Facilitation of Dialogue

Mediation, consultation, roundtables and other engagement with internal and external stakeholders to achieve credible and effective results; crisis management as necessary

Human Rights Due Diligence in the M&A Context

Due diligence on target company’s human rights risks, policies and processes; assessment of its risk management system to ensure adequate valuation

Human Rights Due Diligence in the ESG Investment Context

Due diligence on portfolio company’s human rights risks and management maturity; engagement with management to improve compliance with sustainability standards

How good is your human rights due diligence?

Companies embarking on the journey to respect human rights in their operations are confronted with a very simple question: Do we have processes in place that will deliver adequate risk identification and mitigation?

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  • Die Umsetzung des deutschen Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetzes
  • What is the role of a human rights officer in a company?
  • Implementing the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act
  • Risk Analysis under the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act (“Lieferkettengesetz”)
  • Finance and Human Rights: Assessing Progress
  • Sustainable Finance and Human Rights Survey
  • Reporting under the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act
  • Sector Spotlight: Textile & Fashion
  • Supply Chain Due Diligence Manager Training
  • Ask the Experts: How relevant is the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive for your business now?
  • Chancen für faire Entwicklung
  • Supply bottlenecks and the Supply Chain Act
  • Eliminating Child Labour: Recommendations for Business Action - January 2022
  • How to establish human rights due dilligence
  • How companies can prepare for the German Supply Chain Due Diligence Law
  • Media Coverage 2022
  • Urgent action is needed to protect Congolese cobalt miners
  • Enabling sustainable economic growth in the PPE sector
  • Why human rights and sustainability will define the future of your company?
  • Lieferkettengesetz in Practice: The Role of Procurement - October 2021
  • Engagement: a tool for fostering change in respecting human rights - September 2021
  • Zerstört Georgien seine EU-Ambitionen?
  • A sustainable garment industry / Sustainability Week
  • Can fashion & sustainability go hand in hand?
    Can fashion & sustainability go hand in hand?
  • La montée des administrateurs indépendants
  • Cobalt must be included in Swiss responsible business legislation
  • Potential impact of supply chain law on businesses and the financial sector
  • What do supply chain due diligence regulations in Europe mean for the mining sector in the Andean Region?
  • Die Unternehmen müssen lernen, Verantwortung zu tragen
  • Science, innovation, research and human rights due diligence
  • Expert testimony on the German Corporate Due Diligence Act
  • Was bedeutet das Lieferkettengesetz in der Umsetzung? - June 2021
  • Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz - Juni 2021
  • German Supply Chain Due Diligence Law - June 2021
  • Which changes can be expected in supply chains following the enactment of the Lieferkettengesetz?
  • Human rights compliance in the financial sector
  • Sustainable Finance and Human Rights: Focusing on the S in ESG - June 2021
  • Media Coverage 2021
  • A practical session on the German Due Diligence Law - May 2021
  • The Myanmar Crisis - May 2021
  • L’expression de l’année 2021 «Gouvernance durable»
  • *Article German Supply Chain Law
  • Befähigung vor Rückzug – ein Ansatz zur Unterstützung unternehmerischer Sorgfalt? - November 2020
  • Business continuity during Covid-19 and beyond: Surviving the pandemic and flourishing in its wake - August 2020
  • Are you complying with the EU Sustainability-Related Disclosures Regulation?
  • Respecting Human Rights and the COVID-19 Outbreak: addressing the immediate challenges
  • Time to wake up: Why a holistic approach is needed to tackle sustainability challenges in the coffee sector
  • Menschenrechte. Unternehmen. Zukunft: Menschenrechtliche Sorgfaltspflicht im Unternehmenskontext
  • 2019 Communication on Progress (CoP)
  • Sustainable Finance - Bringing the “S” into focus: The Equator Principles 4
  • Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining: Addressing Challenges in Global Supply Chains 
  • Focus on Human Rights
  • WWF Report 2019
  • The Brazilian Case: The need to strengthen due diligence processes when states seem to fall back
  • Human Rights & Finance: What clients want, regulators expect, and investors should consider
  • NAP-Standard Check: Erfüllt Ihr Unternehmen den NAP?
  • Umweltdialog Magazin- Achtung! Warum Unternehmen Menschenrechte beachten müssen
  • WWF Bericht 2019
  • 2018 Communication on Progress (CoP)
  • Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte – Jahrbuch Global Compact Deutschland 2018
  • Studie 2017 – Unternehmen und Menschenrechte
  • 2017 Communication on Progress (CoP)
  • Studie 2016: Lieferketten sind Menschenketten
  • Studie 2016: Lieferketten sind Menschenketten

  • Media Coverage 2020
  • Media Coverage 2019
  • Media Coverage 2018 to 2011
  • Tackling Modern Slavery in the Supply Chain
  • How Companies can deal with Labour Exploitation in the Agricultural Sector
  • Internes Stakeholder-Engagement zur Verankerung von menschenrechtlicher Sorgfalt in Unternehmen
  • Die Bedeutung der Menschenrechte im wirtschaftlichen Kontext
  • Die CSR-Berichtspflicht: Anforderung und Hilfestellung
  • Menschenrechtliche Risikoanalyse: Überblick und Notwendigkeit
  • Menschenrechte. Unternehmen. Zukunft: Menschenrechtliche Sorgfaltspflicht im Unternehmenskontext

Team Löning

Löning – Human Rights & Responsible Business is an international management consultancy specialised in human rights. We provide practical and strategic advisory on how to incorporate respect for human rights into business operations and along value chains.

Specifically, we establish effective Human Rights Due Diligence management systems in line with applicable regulations, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

Founded in 2014 by Markus Löning, Germany’s former Commissioner for Human Rights, we have an extensive international network of stakeholder groups and partners, which we leverage to offer practical and innovative solutions to manage the specific human rights risks and impacts of companies operating across industries and geographies.

With our diverse and international team of experts from different professional backgrounds, we advise our clients in English, German, Spanish, and Portuguese and can communicate in Dutch, French, Hindi, Italian, Luxembourgish, Turkish and Vietnamese.

Careers at Team Löning

Our Clients

Our clients range from international non-profit organisations and industry associations to medium-sized businesses and multinational corporations with global supply chains and operations.

Our clients share certain characteristics:

  • They acknowledge that businesses have a responsibility to respect human rights.
  • They are committed to conducting business responsibly.
  • They take concrete actions to incorporate respect for human rights in their operations and across their supply chains.
  • They have longer-term perspectives and make long-term plans.
  • They are willing to identify gaps in their human rights implementation and improve corporate policies, processes, and behaviours to correct and close such gaps.

Our clients choose us because:

  • They know we support profitable and responsible business conduct.
  • They value working with reliable and flexible professionals.
  • They value our interdisciplinary skillset, legal expertise, and business acumen.
  • They value high-quality and structured deliverables that they can easily translate into practice.
  • They value our network and our ability to establish dialogue with stakeholder groups.
  • They value our guidance on navigating the political environments they operate in.

Partners