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 Investor Guidance 

Developed by RCP and the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), the Investor Guidance on Responsible Contracting equips investors to engage their portfolio companies on how they integrate human rights and environmental due diligence (HREDD) into their commercial contracts. 

The Guidance provides an overview of key concepts to explain the critical role that due diligence-aligned contracts play in promoting better HREDD, better HRE outcomes, and better legal compliance. It includes the following tools (downloadable at the bottom of this page) for carrying out company engagement:

  • Sample questions that investors can use in their dialogues with companies

  • A template shareholder resolution

  • A template investor engagement letter

  • Sample responses to frequent pushback (“FPBs”) from companies.

These tools can help investors assess whether companies are using their international supply contracts in a way that supports—or undermines—effective HREDD processes. 


As with all tools in the RCP Toolkit, the Investor Guidance recommends that companies move toward due diligence-aligned contracts that operationalize the shared-responsibility principles enshrined in the UNGPs and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct. We believe this shift will result in more effective due diligence processes that can improve HRE outcomes and achieve better legal compliance, all of which matters to investors.


You can access the Investor Guidance below and on this website developed by our partners at Rights CoLab, which contains other useful tools for investors looking to integrate HREDD into their investments, such as Rights CoLab’s “Certifications Red Flags”.

Investor Guidance on Responsible Contracting

We invite you to download "Investor Guidance” as a PDF

Sample Questions

Download the sample questions as a Word document. 

Corporate Engagement Letter

Download the sample engagement letter as a PDF.

Shareholder Resolution

Download the template shareholder resolution as a PDF.

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