STEP 3: Review data and use this to inform strategy and action plans
Monitoring is only of any value if the data is used to inform decision-making and future action by the business. This is perhaps self-evident but human rights data has sometimes struggled to win enough attention from senior management in decision-making processes, even though the data contained might be extremely relevant to understand the potential risk and opportunity of any given project, business venture or existing relationship.
The dilemma arises when a business has reason to believe that such action might put a specific individual or individuals at undue risk. Businesses need procedures for dealing with such sensitive information, in particular when operating in localities or regions where particular information is likely to be highly sensitive. Nevertheless, the over-riding imperative is for a business to act in such a manner to as to prevent or minimise the abuse of human rights. There are a number of human rights organisations, legal experts or national human rights commissions that might be able to advise a business in such circumstances.