In accordance with our mission to understand the human rights impact and value of voluntary initiatives that address business and human rights, MSI Integrity develops, applies, and promotes criteria and methodologies to assess the design and impact of voluntary initiatives from a human rights perspective.
MSI Integrity tools and guidance for assessing MSIs include the MSI Evaluation Tool and methodology for conducting evaluations of the institutional design of an MSI from a human rights perspective. The MSI Evaluation Tool was developed in conjunction with Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic over a three-year period. The criteria and methodology have been thoroughly reviewed through direct discussions with experienced business and human rights practitioners, academic review, and extensive global consultation.
In keeping with our principles of transparency and independence, the MSI Evaluation Tool and methodology are openly available for public use to evaluate an MSI or specific aspects of MSIs. Particular guidance related to conducting MSI evaluations using the methodology is also available related to: the expert review process, and evaluation scoring. For assistance in conducting evaluations using the MSI Evaluation Tool and methodology, please contact us so that we can provide more details and advice on the evaluation process, and offer specific guidance with any part of the process.
MSI Integrity conducts a limited number of evaluations of selected MSIs each year. We conduct these evaluations in an effort to: (i) continually improve the quality, rigor, and practical value of the criteria and methodology; (ii) demonstrate the usefulness of comprehensive assessment to understanding the value of MSIs from a human rights perspective; and (iii) regularly publish information regarding the substantive findings and analysis of evaluated MSIs from diverse contexts, to contribute to the understanding of the human rights impact and value of MSIs.
MSI Integrity evaluations result in MSI Evaluation Reports. These reports present the MSI Evaluation Tool findings, provide contextual details and analysis regarding the findings of the Evaluation Tool assessment, and offer recommendations to improve the capacity of the evaluated MSI to protect and promote human rights. Reports will be published in a comprehensive format—exemplified by the working draft reports from the pilot MSI evaluations—as well as a summary report format that highlights the results in each section of the Evaluation Tool, and identifies significant issues, and good or innovative practices discovered in the assessment.
For each set of evaluations conducted, MSI Integrity will also publish an overview report that summarizes, compares, and analyzes the findings of all of the MSIs evaluated. This overview report will present general findings and analyze trends across the evaluated MSIs.
MSI Integrity welcomes suggestions for MSIs to consider including for future evaluations. To suggest an MSI for future rounds of evaluations, please fill out the form located here.
Last updated: March 17, 2014