The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Kenya that was established and incorporated on 9th April 1992 by Kenyans exiled in the United States of America (USA) and later registered in Kenya on 20th of January 1994. KHRC founders are among the foremost leaders and activists in struggles for human rights and democratic reforms in Kenya and beyond.
The KHRC is committed to its mandate of enhancing human rights-centered governance at all levels and a vision to secure human rights states and societies. Our mission is to foster human rights, democratic values, human dignity and social justice. This mandate and vision are executed under four independent thematic programs: transformative justice (TJ); economic and social justice (ESJ); political pluralism and diversity (PPD) and institutional support and development (ISD).
KHRC’s Labour Justice and Corporate Accountability work seeks to achieve the following objectives:
- To support communities to demand corporate transparency and accountability in public interest.
- To foster decent work through conscious-awakening, improved wages, organizing and conditions of employment.
- To enhance consciousness amongst workers and host communities on frameworks for protection of their rights and interests.
- To promote improved wages and quality of life for workers in precarious employment.
- To enhance organizing, unionization and representation of workers.
- To support efforts to improve the welfare and conditions of employment.
Results-based Social Certification System
Under the Women@Work Campaign, KHRC is currently implementing a project dubbed ‘Results-based Social Certification (RBSC) Systems’. This project interrogates the extent to which existing certification standards have delivered results to workers in the horticulture sector and the level of involvement of workers and host communities in certification processes. The project envisages a future where workers and host communities are meaningfully involved in social certification processes and one where certification moves from mere auditing techniques to results-based monitoring mechanisms. Broadly, the project seeks to promote corporate accountability through certification standards and processes.
In order to achieve this, KHRC is on course to: 1) provoke conscious-awakening amongst workers and host communities for them to be able to ask critical questions as far as certification processes are concerned; 2) review social certification and other corporate accountability mechanisms with a view to strengthening the mechanisms; 3) facilitate conversations between workers and certification bodies in order to promote transparency and accountability; 4) convene policy dialogue meetings with various stakeholders including several levels of state actors; 5) strengthen workers’ organizing and networking through inter-zonal platforms and; 6) engage in lobby and advocacy at the national, regional and international levels.