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Human Rights

We draw on a global network of partners from business and civil society to tackle human rights challenges and help companies in all sectors meet and exceed global human rights standards.

Human Rights Overview


How We Work


We draw on a team of nearly 20 human rights experts and a network of partners from business and civil society to tackle global challenges and help companies in all sectors meet and exceed global human rights standards. Our work includes surveying and benchmarking human rights practices and policies across industries to aid our member companies’ efforts to craft comprehensive, responsible approaches to human rights.



Business Benefits


Companies are expected to ensure that they do not infringe on fundamental human rights through their operations, products, services, or business relationships. A human rights strategy and management system helps companies meet this responsibility and brings business benefits, such as:

  • Minimizing operational, legal, and reputational risk
  • Maintaining license to operate
  • Reducing costs associated with worker overtime, turnover, and ill health—issues best managed through an integrated human rights strategy
  • Supporting local communities
  • Strengthening brand reputation with shareholders, investors, government, and the media


Expertise


  • Creation of robust human rights policies and strategies
  • Human rights due diligence at the corporate, market, product, or site levels that identifies unique company impacts, risks, and opportunities
  • Policies and processes for articulating corporate commitments to human rights and integrating human rights into core business functions
  • Tools to monitor and communicate performance and progress in advancing human rights
  • Multistakeholder processes and community engagements to better understand root causes and collective solutions


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Our Insights on Human Rights

The Business Role in Creating a 21st-Century Social Contract

Reports

The Business Role in Creating a 21st-Century Social Contract

The time is now for an overhaul of the social contract to address 21st-century realities and needs. A new social contract can deliver long-term value creation that enables economic security and mobility, is genuinely inclusive, and addresses challenges such as the transition to clean energy and the emergence of a digital world.

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Forced Labor and Human Trafficking: Four Regulatory and Legislative Trends Business Should Watch

Blog

Forced Labor and Human Trafficking: Four Regulatory and Legislative Trends Business Should Watch

Governments are increasingly scrutinizing human trafficking and forced labor abuses in private sector operations. In addition to the moral imperative to address these abuses, businesses need to pay attention to new regulations since they could cause significant disruptions in supply chains.

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The Human Rights Impacts of Workplace Monitoring Technology

Blog

The Human Rights Impacts of Workplace Monitoring Technology

As the use of tools designed to monitor workers accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic, employers need to consider the human rights impacts that may arise from workplace monitoring tools when implementing such technologies in the workplace.

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What Business Can Expect from China’s 14th Five-Year Plan

Blog

What Business Can Expect from China’s 14th Five-Year Plan

As China finalizes its 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025), what are the macro themes for the sustainability world to watch, and how will they impact business?

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Beyond Former User @realdonaldtrump: A Human Rights-Based Approach to Content Governance

Blog

Beyond Former User @realdonaldtrump: A Human Rights-Based Approach to Content Governance

How should a company’s responsibility to respect human rights according to the UNGPs manifest itself in the context of content governance? BSR shares its four-part approach to human rights and content governance.

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How Business Should Respond to the Coup in Myanmar

Blog

How Business Should Respond to the Coup in Myanmar

Drawing on the UNGPs, UN guidance for business in conflict situations, and BSR’s own experience working with businesses in Myanmar and advising companies on human rights due diligence in high-risk contexts, here are seven practical steps that businesses with a presence in Myanmar can take.

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Accelerating Progress for Gender Equality through the Generation Equality Forum

Blog

Accelerating Progress for Gender Equality through the Generation Equality Forum

BSR is partnering with the B Team and Women Win/Win-Win Strategies to engage the private sector—mobilizing both companies with established women’s empowerment programs and those looking to get involved in the movement—toward making meaningful commitments to promote gender equality through the Generation Equality Forum.

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To Combat Systemic Discrimination, Companies Need to Acknowledge Their Role

Blog

To Combat Systemic Discrimination, Companies Need to Acknowledge Their Role

How can companies play a role in tackling systemic racism and discrimination?

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Human Rights Illustrative Client List

  • AstraZeneca
  • Barrick Gold Corporation
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • General Electric Company
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Monsanto Company
  • Rio Tinto
  • Teck Resources
  • Telefónica
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Yahoo! Inc.

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Collaborative Initiatives on Human Rights

Building Responsibly

Building Responsibly

Building Responsibly is a group of leading engineering and construction companies working together to raise the bar in promoting the rights and welfare of workers across the industry.

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Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking

Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking

Advancing cross-industry progress to combat modern slavery in global supply chains.

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Human Rights Working Group

Human Rights Working Group

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

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Meet the Team

San Francisco


Jean-Baptiste Andrieu

Jean-Baptiste Andrieu

Associate Director

Paris


New York


New York


San Francisco


Hannah Darnton

Hannah Darnton

Associate Director

San Francisco


Salah Husseini

Salah Husseini

Associate Director, Human Rights

New York


Rosa Kusbiantoro

Rosa Kusbiantoro

Associate Director

Hong Kong


Hong Kong


Francesca Manta

Francesca Manta

Associate Director

Copenhagen


Roger McElrath

Roger McElrath

Associate Director

San Francisco


Paris


Hong Kong


Mariana Riquelme

Mariana Riquelme

Manager, Energy, Extractives, and ESG

New York


Hong Kong


San Francisco


Aude Ucla

Aude Ucla

Associate Director

Paris


Jenny Vaughan

Jenny Vaughan

Human Rights Director

San Francisco



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