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Human Rights Working Group

Human Rights Working Group


The UN Guiding Principles have emerged as the global standard for managing human rights impacts in global operations. BSR's Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) brings companies from several industries together to share best practices and develop solutions to overcome the biggest challenges in implementing the UN Guiding Principles.

For two decades, BSR has been advising companies in all sectors on managing human rights impacts, from working conditions in supply chains to free expression and privacy on the internet.

Through in-person meetings, webinars, and an online platform for dialogue, the HRWG focuses on practical implementation challenges that are shared across sectors. Learn more about our 2014 activities.


of practitioners believe human rights is “a significant priority” for their company

(Source: “BSR/GlobeScan State of Sustainable Business Poll 2013”)

Why Join?

  • Learn from and collaborate with practitioners across sectors on implementing the UN Guiding Principles.
  • Use research and benchmarking on current practices to enhance your own human rights policies, management, and reporting.
  • Build buy-in and internal alignment around your company’s human rights efforts.
  • Advance the global human rights agenda through your business relationships.
  • Establish effective grievance and remedy mechanisms to ensure your company maintains its license to operate.

Dig Deeper

Focus Areas of the Group for 2014

Over the next year, the HRWG will explore the following issues and challenges:

  • Human Rights Engagement: Working with States, Rights Holders, and Stakeholders
    March 11-12, London
    Who are the most strategic stakeholders to monitor and engage, and what is the best medium for engagement? How can companies effectively work with rights holders? What are the challenges and opportunities for engaging with state governments on human rights?
  • Human Rights Strategy: Materiality and Prioritization
    June 4-5, San Diego, California
    How can companies develop a human rights strategy and prioritize management of potential human rights issues?
  • Human Rights Integration: Employee Engagement, Behavior Change, and Internal and External Cultural Adaptation
    November 3-4, New York
    What are best practices around engaging employees on human rights? What are the challenges related to understanding human rights in different cultural contexts?

Sample List of Working Group Members

  • AngloGold Ashanti North America, Inc.
  • Barrick Gold Corporation
  • BP p.l.c.
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Cisco Systems Inc.
  • Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.
  • Goldcorp, Inc.
  • Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Intel Corporation
  • McDonald’s
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Monsanto Company
  • PepsiCo, Inc.
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Qualcomm Incorporated
  • Rio Tinto
  • Teck Resources Limited
  • Vale
  • Yahoo! Inc.


Faris Natour, Director, Human Rights

Peter Nestor, Manager, Advisory Services