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Human Rights Working Group

Working to implement the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights across all industries

Overview

Introduction

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 the 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.

Our Mission

Create a safe space for a cross-sector group of companies to openly share best practices, challenges, questions, and experiences implementing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Our Accomplishments

  • We tackled a range of human rights issues—human rights risk assessments, training, reporting, grievance mechanisms, and supply chain among others.
  • We drove integration, training, funding, and proactive management of human rights issues for our members. 

Why Join?

  • Learn from and collaborate with practitioners across sectors on implementing the Guiding Principles
  • Use research and benchmarking on current practices to enhance the company’s own human rights policies, management, and reporting
  • Build buy-in and internal alignment around the company’s human rights efforts 

Human Rights Working Group Companies

  • AngloGold Ashanti North America, Inc.
  • Barrick Gold Corporation
  • Best Buy Co., Inc.
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Cisco Systems Inc.
  • Dell, Inc.
  • Deutsche Post AG
  • Freeport McMoRan, Inc.
  • GlaxoSmithKline plc
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Intel Corporation
  • InterContinental Hotels Group PLC
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kosmos Energy, Ltd.
  • Marks and Spencer p.l.c.
  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Monsanto Company
  • PepsiCo, Inc.
  • Qualcomm Inc.
  • Rio Tinto plc
  • Sony Corporation
  • Stora Enso Oyi
  • Vale

Our Insights

on Human Rights Working Group

Big Data and Human Rights: 5 Frequently Asked Questions

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Big Data and Human Rights: 5 Frequently Asked Questions

What is big data, and how does it relate to human rights? Here are answers to these and other questions we often hear from our members and partners.

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BSR Signs Statement in Support of Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, SDGs

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BSR Signs Statement in Support of Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, SDGs

BSR recently joined nine business-network organizations in signing a statement reaffirming our commitment to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

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Human Rights in the Supply Chain: A Shared Challenge

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Human Rights in the Supply Chain: A Shared Challenge

BSR's recent Human Rights Working Group meeting highlighted three insights about addressing supply chain human rights challenges.

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Two Years Later: How Far Has Business Come in Meeting Its Responsibility to Respect Human Rights?

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Two Years Later: How Far Has Business Come in Meeting Its Responsibility to Respect Human Rights?

The UN Forum on Business and Human Rights highlighted progress made, challenges that remain, and a sense of optimism about the role of business in further advancing and protecting human rights.

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Meet the Team

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Peter Nestor

Peter Nestor

Associate Director

San Francisco


Talk to Us  
Contact the Human Rights Working Group team with any questions.