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Human Rights Working Group

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

Human Rights Working Group Overview


Introduction


The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (“Guiding Principles”) established the global standard for corporate management of human rights risks and impacts. However, the Guiding Principles do not provide detailed guidance on how to implement the principles in practice. BSR’s Human Rights Working Group (“HRWG”) was established in 2012 to address this gap in operational guidance. The group has grown into an international community of company practitioners representing more than 40 global cross-industry companies sharing practical guidance, challenges, and lessons learned from implementing the Guiding Principles across a diverse range of operational environments.

Companies at all points along the human rights implementation journey are welcome to join HRWG. Annual activities include a mix of plenary discussions and breakout focus groups to connect companies working on similar issues during in-person meetings. The group meets three times per year in three regional locations: the U.S., Europe, and Asia. All HRWG members are welcome to attend any of the meetings, and are encouraged to have regionally-based colleagues join in different locations. In addition, the group hosts monthly webinars and members receive a monthly newsletter with the latest trends, events, and reports on business and human rights.



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, remedy 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 


Resources


Human Rights Working Group Companies

  • A.P. Moller–Maersk Group
  • Barrick Gold Corporation
  • Becton Dickinson
  • BP plc
  • BT Group plc
  • Best Buy Co., Inc.
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Cisco Systems Inc.
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Dell, Inc.
  • The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
  • Freeport McMoRan, Inc.
  • GlaxoSmithKline plc
  • Google LLC
  • Hitachi, Ltd.
  • Intel Corporation
  • InterContinental Hotels Group PLC
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • JTI - Japan Tobacco International
  • Marks and Spencer p.l.c.
  • Mars
  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Monsanto Company
  • New Balance Athletics, Inc. (NB)
  • Newmont Mining Corporation
  • Nikon Corporation
  • Oath Inc.
  • PepsiCo, Inc.
  • Pfizer Inc.
  • Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI)
  • Primark
  • Qualcomm Inc.
  • Rio Tinto plc
  • Royal Dutch Shell plc
  • Sony Corporation
  • Stora Enso Oyi
  • Tiffany & Company
  • Toshiba Corporation
  • Visa Inc.

Meet the Team for Human Rights Working Group

Jean-Baptiste Andrieu

Jean-Baptiste Andrieu

Associate Director

Paris


New York


New York


Margaret Jungk

Margaret Jungk

Managing Director, Human Rights

San Francisco


San Francisco


San Francisco


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

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