In developing countries, suppliers or subcontractors of multinational corporations (MNCs) regularly undergo social audits. These audits are based on standards that include labour rights requirements.
RHSF (Human Resources without Borders) was set up on the premise that this approach has its limitations. Indeed, social audits generally lead to the implementation of short-term corrective measures that rarely bring about long-term sustainable improvements to labour rights standards.
We firmly believe that:
- Suppliers and subcontractors must from the outset look at putting in place a Human Resources Management (HRM) system. These basic HRM tools will allow the company to professionalize its HR functions and engage with its staff as a resource and not a cost. Only then, will the need to improve Human Rights standards inscribe itself within a global performance framework.
- In light of this prerequisite, social audits must promote actions to upgrade HRM systems that are adapted to the needs and potential of companies to intervene across their supply chains.
- With this in mind, RHSF facilitates and supports MNC commitments to improve HRM within their supplier and subcontracting firms.
Who we are
RHSF is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation set up in 2006 by a team of HRM and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) professionals (Managers, HRD) and academic experts.
As an NGO, RHSF does not compete with either consulting firms or local specialists: it offers local players affordable expertise where it is lacking. In collaboration with renowned universities and professional associations, RHSF also trains local experts.
RHSF is funded on a project basis by public funds as well as the private sector, especially purchasers, to work with their suppliers and subcontractors. RHSF also receives contributions from private donors and companies who embrace its values.
The organisation's funding primarily covers its volunteer experts travel expenses, project coordination costs and supports local actors. These funds also go towards building RHSF's research and promoting lessons learned and best practice for other companies and/or stakeholders to adapt and replicate.
RHSF, along with its members, follow an ethical stance across its activities which promote questioning to judging, dialogue to interventionism, and support to substitution.
To ensure it acts according to its principles, RHSF has put in place:
- A members Charter
- A buyer and supplier/subcontractor charter
- A code of conduct for RHSF experts
- A code of conduct for RHSF Board members