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How to use the Guide

The LARRGE Guide is conceived as an interactive guidebook that enables companies and CSR practitioners to identify the CSR tool most adequate for their specific business situation. The entire Guide, as well as particular sections, are available both in full text or PDF versions. Users can also leaf through the LARRGE Guide by clicking on the right or left link next to the table of content table of content link on top and at the end of the page. Moreover the left column displays the LARRGE tools in alphabetical order.

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The first part of the Guide explains the aim and methodical framework of the research and includes the main LARRGE findings.

It is structured according to the following chapters:

  • Introduction
  • Background and Framework for Analysis
  • Methodology
  • How to use the Guide
  • Results and Recommendations
  • Rights Description
  • Further Resources

The LARRGE Conclusions contain targeted recommendations for companies, CSR tool developers and policy makers in various areas including CSR policy, implementation and monitoring (see LARRGE Recommendations).

The second part contains the LARRGE fact and evaluation sheets for more than 50 CSR tools developed by internationally-renowned expert organisations. They have been evaluated according to the LARRGE Framework for Analysis. All tools selected for the LARRGE Guide have been found highly effective in supporting companies in their compliance with international human and labour rights standards in business practice. The variety of tools ranges from general guidance documents to self- assessment and training materials (see LARRGE Methodology).

The purpose of the LARRGE Guide is to facilitate the complex and time-consuming search for an adequate and qualitative CSR tool for elaborating a CSR strategy, or for assessing concrete risks within a given business operation.

To this aim, the Guide offers a detailed search function (LARRGE Search). It enables its users to browse the tools according to various categories:

Origin of the initiative:

the organisation that has developed the tool;

Title of Tool: search for particular CSR tools according to their names;
Availability:

whether the tool may be used for free or has to be purchased;

Language: language(s) in which the tool is provided;
Type:

the sort of "action" the tool may be used for (e.g. benchmarking, general guidance, self-assessment etc. The various types are described in the section on research methodology);

Focus:

the thematic emphasis of some specific tools (e.g. conflict zones, child labour, diversity etc.);

Monitoring:

whether the tool provides for any kind of validation of its implementation, or at least helps companies in reporting;

Target group:

potential users of the tool, both those explicitly addressed by the tools (companies) and those additionally identified in the course of the LARRGE evaluation (e.g. consultants);

Specific sector:

kind of business sector(s) the tool has primarily been designed for (e.g. extractive sector);

Region: the regional or country-context for which a tool is suitable;
Company size:

large, medium and/or small enterprises;

Case studies:

whether a tool contains examples of companies' good practices;

Human rights knowledge required:

indicates whether a tool may be used as a basic start-up tool or requires a certain level of expertise on human rights;

Sphere of influence, Complicity

allows to select tools according to whether they address the two concepts on responsibility for non-interference with human rights beyond own direct business activities;

Specific guidance on individual company responsibility:

allows users to filter those tools that offer concrete support to determine the individual duties and obligations of a company in a given business context (e.g. self-assessments);

Keywords:

these allow users to browse the tools with regard to specific human and labour rights issues (e.g. child labour, housing conditions, compensation etc.);

To ensure continuous exchange and stakeholder feedback, the LARRGE Guide provides a commenting function for each tool. Users are invited to add their comments and practical experiences of the CSR tools featured in the Guide. Thus, the LARRGE website provides a platform for ongoing exchange that will contribute to mutual learning and provide valuable feedback for tool developers.