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About the Human Rights & Grievance Mechanisms programme

SOMO’s Human Rights & Grievance Mechanisms Programme is a four-year project (2012-2015) to improve the accessibility and effectiveness of non-judicial grievance mechanisms for stakeholders who experience adverse impacts on their human rights as a result of business activities.


The Human Rights & Grievance Mechanisms Programme’s objectives are to:

  • Strengthen the capacity of individuals, workers, communities, and civil society organisations to prevent and stop human rights abuses caused by corporations.
  • Provide these stakeholders with the tools and information they need to access grievance mechanisms.
  • Improve the effectiveness of existing grievance mechanisms.
  • Advocate for new mechanisms that ensure respect for human rights and guarantee adequate access to remedies when abuses occur.

Within these four years SOMO together with partner organisations will execute several activities, for example:

  • Training for Southern partner organisations to (i) make better use of grievance mechanisms, (ii) assist and support communities and individuals in filing complaints using grievance mechanisms, and (iii) provide training to other organisations within their region.
  • Research on the impacts of multinational corporations on human rights to support complaints using grievance mechanisms.
  • Technical advice and support for organisations filing complaints using grievance mechanisms and support for human rights defenders through legal advice and capacity building to protect them from retaliation and litigation by corporate actors.
  • Research into the accessibility and effectiveness of non-judicial grievance mechanisms, including (i) conducting a gap analysis and (ii) formulating recommendations on how to improve the access and effectiveness of existing non-judicial grievance mechanisms.
  • Advocacy toward decision-makers in order to improve access to and effectiveness of grievance mechanisms and to develop proposals for new mechanisms to fill existing gaps in the provision of remedies.


For more information about the programme see the Project Charter.

    More information
    Project Charter