While the regulatory framework in Iran has a set of requirements for environmental impact assessments, which includes some mention of social impacts, critical gaps emerge when compared to international standards. Multiple factors also limit the practical efficacy of impact assessments carried out under the law in the country. Given Iran’s water crisis, severe air pollution and use of child labour, the deficiencies in local regulation and practice for identifying impacts heighten the risk to responsible business in Iran. There are steps companies can take, however, to begin addressing the challenges.
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