A policy primer: Guide to developing human rights policies and procedures
Ontario Human Rights Commission
This primer provides organizations with practical guidance for developing effective and fair ways to prevent and respond to human rights issues, including harassment, discrimination, and accommodation needs. This resource also lists several components of an effective set of organizational policies, procedures, and practices, such as the importance of establishing commitment from senior leadership, consulting stakeholder and expert groups, as well as understanding the complexity and size of the organization. It also states that all policies, plans, and procedures should reflect the current state of law and policy, consider organizational structural changes and barriers, and identify new human rights issues that may emerge.
The OHRC suggests that a complete strategy to prevent and address human rights issues should include:
- A plan for preventing, reviewing and removing barriers
- Anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies
- An internal complaints procedure
- An accommodation policy and procedure
- An education and training program
- Stakeholder consultation and communication strategies
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