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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


Farid Baddache

Farid Baddache

Managing Director

Paris


New York


San Francisco


San Francisco


Fabien Goa

Fabien Goa

Associate, Human Rights

Paris


New York


Margaret Jungk

Margaret Jungk

Managing Director, Human Rights

San Francisco


Rosa Kusbiantoro

Rosa Kusbiantoro

Associate Director

Hong Kong


San Francisco


Hong Kong


Roger McElrath

Roger McElrath

Associate Director

San Francisco


San Francisco


Paris



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Contact the Human Rights team with any questions.

Our Insights on Human Rights

Three Steps for Business to Connect Climate and Human Rights

Blog

Three Steps for Business to Connect Climate and Human Rights

This is how companies can address the interactions of climate change and human rights in vulnerable communities.

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Climate and Human Rights

Reports

Climate and Human Rights

This report explores the intimate connection between climate resilience and human rights and outlines how companies can address this nexus.

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Our Human Rights Impact Assessment of Facebook in Myanmar

Blog

Our Human Rights Impact Assessment of Facebook in Myanmar

The question of how social media platforms can respect freedom of expression while also protecting users from harm is one of the most pressing challenges of our time.

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Four Reflections on the Human Rights Implications of Artificial Intelligence

Blog

Four Reflections on the Human Rights Implications of Artificial Intelligence

Human rights teams and decision-makers in companies across sectors will need to engage with the social, ethical, and human rights issues relating to the use of artificial intelligence in their respective industries.

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