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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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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

Mobilizing the power, resources, and thought leadership of the business community to end human trafficking, including all forms of forced labor and sex trafficking.

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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

Dunstan Allison-Hope

Dunstan Allison-Hope

Managing Director

San Francisco


Jean-Baptiste Andrieu

Jean-Baptiste Andrieu

Associate Director

Paris


New York


Ouida Chichester

Ouida Chichester

Associate Director

San Francisco


San Francisco


Salah Husseini

Salah Husseini

Associate Director, Human Rights

New York


Rosa Kusbiantoro

Rosa Kusbiantoro

Associate Director

Hong Kong


San Francisco


Hong Kong


Roger McElrath

Roger McElrath

Associate Director

San Francisco


Kelly Scott

Kelly Scott

Manager, Human Rights

Hong Kong


Paris


Jenny Vaughan

Jenny Vaughan

Human Rights Director

San Francisco



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Our Insights on Human Rights

Three Ways Business Is Combating Modern Slavery

Blog

Three Ways Business Is Combating Modern Slavery

The business community has a critical role to play in the fight against modern slavery, a practice that spans all business sectors and geographies. As we commemorate the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, GBCAT welcomes all companies to join us in our shared fight against modern slavery.

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How Business Can Impact Human Rights: Four Lessons from Peacebuilding and Development

Blog

How Business Can Impact Human Rights: Four Lessons from Peacebuilding and Development

Jenny Vaughan joins BSR as the new Human Rights Director, bringing four key insights from over a decade of experience in international development and peacebuilding that can help business not just to respect human rights, but to fulfill these rights.

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Getting Circular Economy Right: Let’s Put People at the Center of Circular Fashion

Blog

Getting Circular Economy Right: Let’s Put People at the Center of Circular Fashion

BSR is working with the C&A Foundation to explore the ways in which advancing circular fashion affects people and in particular, women. Our research reveals that very few companies adopting circular fashion models are considering the social aspects as they make this shift.

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Human Rights Insights: Trends from the Human Rights Working Group’s Spring Meeting

Reports

Human Rights Insights: Trends from the Human Rights Working Group’s Spring Meeting

In March and April 2019, BSR’s Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) held its first round of meetings for the year in New York, London, and Tokyo.

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