Accreditation of Certification Bodies for BHRISC 2011 Audit

About BHRISC 2011

The United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) is an authoritative global standard that defines the respective roles of governments and business in ensuring business entities respect human rights across their operations. The UNGP were endorsed and unanimously adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council on 6 June 2011. While business enterprises welcomed the UNGP, they needed a method to put these principles into practice, which in addition could be certified.

Being acutely aware of the needs of business for a method of certification of business compliance with human rights as laid out in the UNGP, the Business and Human Rights International Standard for Certification (BHRISC 2011) was endorsed by the Foundation for International Human Rights Reporting Standards (FIHRRST).  BHRISC 2011 is now offered to the public for consideration as a comprehensive tool that will help companies in taking their first step to assess, through due diligence, their compliance with the UNGP.

Accreditation of Certification Bodies

For the implementation of BHRISC 2011 certification, FIHRRST provides accreditation to certification bodies that demonstrate their competency to carry out BHRISC 2011 certification audit. The accredited certification bodies will subsequently carry out certification audit on companies seeking BHRISC 2011 certification.

Our accreditation requires implementation of ISO/IEC 17021-1-2015 by all accredited Certification Bodies (CBs). In addition, the accreditation process requires the CBs auditors to attend BHRISC 2011 training to ensure that they have eminent knowledge on business and human rights and superior audit skills.

FIHRRST’s accredited certification bodies must demonstrate a high level of technical and operational capacity to conduct the work effectively and efficiently.

If you are interested in becoming an accredited certification body, please send an email to

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