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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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Inside BSR: Q&A with Paloma Muñoz Quick

Blog

Inside BSR: Q&A with Paloma Muñoz Quick

This month's Inside BSR features Paloma Muñoz Quick, an Associate Director in our NYC office. She shares how her life in Chile and Brazil fostered her interest in tackling systemic injustice, her work on investor action on human rights, and how working at BSR supports her commitment to protecting human rights.

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Human Rights Are Not Just an “ESG Factor”

Blog

Human Rights Are Not Just an “ESG Factor”

The notion that investors should use environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations to inform their decision-making is having a moment. This is undoubtedly a good thing but there is a risk that fundamental concepts—like the responsibility of business to respect human rights—may get lost in the process.

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Climate Change: Building Resilience While Protecting Human Rights

Reports

Climate Change: Building Resilience While Protecting Human Rights

This report explores the intersection between climate and human rights and makes recommendations on taking first steps to create long-term, resilient business strategies that address human rights impacts related to physical climate impacts as well as the transition to a low carbon economy.

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Reimagining Investment: Human Rights in Venture Capital

Blog

Reimagining Investment: Human Rights in Venture Capital

The increasingly widespread media coverage of surveillance and spyware technologies has put a spotlight on the role of private equity firms, including venture capital (VC) investors, in financing human rights abuses. How can VC firms meet their human rights responsibilities?

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Access to Remedy

Reports

Access to Remedy

After 10 years of implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), companies are increasingly expected to address the harms they have caused or contributed to through their business relationships. This brief explains what effective remedy is, the role of business, and five recommendations for companies to improve access.

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Creating Opportunities for Action: Advancing Children’s Rights in the Palm Oil Industry

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Creating Opportunities for Action: Advancing Children’s Rights in the Palm Oil Industry

The number of children in child labor has increased from 152 to 160 million globally, and COVID-19 is expected to further obstruct efforts to eliminate child labor. Here's how palm oil companies can respect child rights and address this complex issue.

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Addressing Forced Labor and other Modern Slavery Risks: A Toolkit for Corporate Suppliers

Reports

Addressing Forced Labor and other Modern Slavery Risks: A Toolkit for Corporate Suppliers

The Global Business Coalition against Human Trafficking (GBCAT) has released a new toolkit that aims to help businesses that work in corporate supply chains to quickly identify areas of the business which carry the highest risk of modern slavery and develop a plan to identify, prevent, and address risks.

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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


Paris


Alison Berthet

Alison Berthet

Manager, Human Rights

Paris


San Francisco


Hannah Darnton

Hannah Darnton

Associate Director

San Francisco


New York


New York


Ayesha Khan

Ayesha Khan

Manager, Technology and Human Rights

San Francisco


Rosa Kusbiantoro

Rosa Kusbiantoro

Associate Director

Hong Kong


New York


Francesca Manta

Francesca Manta

Associate Director

Copenhagen


Roger McElrath

Roger McElrath

Associate Director

San Francisco


Paloma Muñoz Quick

Paloma Muñoz Quick

Associate Director

New York


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



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