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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

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

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


Francesca Manta

Francesca Manta

Manager, Human Rights

Copenhagen


Roger McElrath

Roger McElrath

Associate Director

San Francisco


Hong Kong


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

Davos 2020: Progress in a Time of Turmoil?

Blog

Davos 2020: Progress in a Time of Turmoil?

Entering Davos Week 2020, there is clearly a new climate for business.

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Business Leadership in Defending Inclusive Societies and LGBTI Rights at Davos 2020

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Business Leadership in Defending Inclusive Societies and LGBTI Rights at Davos 2020

The Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality (PGLE) is pleased that the economic inclusion discussion in Davos will shine a light on the discrimination faced by millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people worldwide every day.

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Our Top Sustainability Insights of 2019

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Our Top Sustainability Insights of 2019

As 2019 comes to an end, we are taking a moment to look back at the news and initiatives that shaped the year. Our six most popular blog posts and reports exemplify the diversity of topics BSR works on, from gender equality to stakeholder engagement.

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A Human Rights Review of the Facebook Oversight Board

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A Human Rights Review of the Facebook Oversight Board

Today, BSR is releasing a human rights review to inform the governance and operations of the Facebook Oversight Board so that it is consistent with human rights-based approaches, principles, standards, and methodologies.

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