Richard Karmel ‘Guest Blogs’ on GreenGrade website

On his website, Richard Karmel discusses issues relating to human rights and social responsibility in corporate society. 

Richard Karmel is responsible for Mazars’ award winning business and human rights reporting service line. Richard and his team have devised an innovative solution to help protect the reputation of businesses whilst ensuring compliance with their social obligations.

He recently led Mazars participation in the drafting of the United Nations Guiding Principles Reporting Framework.

Aside from writing his own blogs about corporate human rights reporting, he has also been asked to express his expert views and opinions for a number of high profile, industry websites.


GreenGrade is an organisation focused on improving the wellbeing of retailers supply chains. They have an in-depth understanding of the business pressures on brands, suppliers, factories and workers and thus engages collaboratively and confidentially with each level to improve the bottom-line for all stakeholders.

Richard wrote a ‘Guest Blog’ for the company’s website titled: “Supply chain managers are integral for respect to business and human rights”

See below a snippet, taken from Richard’s article:

“So, how do companies even begin the cultural change necessary to take control of suppliers outside of their legal sphere of influence, but well within their moral sphere? First and foremost, it must be through education of the suppliers. However, if the only factor attributed to deciding which supplier to use is price, any leverage on education is almost a non-starter.

Let’s assume that we have an MNC that wants to be around for the long term. Price is not the only factor in deciding which supplier to use, they should be interested in building a relationship with that supplier. Below are some of the factors that the MNC is going to want to understand about the supplier:

  • The availability of its resources to deliver the product at sufficient quality and on time;
  • The identity of the key suppliers of that supplier and the ability to assess their respect for human rights;
  • The limiting factors that could impact on that supplier being able to deliver the products/services as contracted;
  • The health and safety record at that supplier and its suppliers;
  • The key human rights risks to potentially affected stakeholders (not the MNC or supplier);
  • The effectiveness of the suppliers grievance mechanisms; and
  • The education and training that the supplier provides to its managers and wider teams.”

If you would like to learn more about Human Rights Best Practice, please watch Richard’s YouTube webinar.

You can also follow his latest thoughts and comments with regard to corporate human rights via his twitter feed.