Human Rights Due diligence
When conducting human rights due diligence in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, it is paramount to pay special attention to particularly vulnerable groups. Information on women, children, indigenous peoples, national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities, persons with disabilities, migrant workers and persons in armed conflict is thanks to inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations available for free. What Vulnerable Groups does is to compile some of that information to provide a one-stop-shop for the information needed to know which particularly vulnerable groups to pay special attention to in each context.
The information is based on:
Gender Inequality Index
Children’s Rights and Business Atlas
World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples
ILO Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers
Fragile States Index
The regional division in the map below is based on ILOSTAT’s broad subregions.
The data was last updated in April 2022.
"Enterprises should respect the human rights of individuals belonging to specific groups or populations that require particular attention, where they may have adverse human rights impacts on them. In this connection, United Nations instruments have elaborated further on the rights of indigenous peoples; women; national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities; children; persons with disabilities; and migrant workers and their families. Moreover, in situations of armed conflict enterprises should respect the standards of international humanitarian law."