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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

Just Transition: Clean Energy with a Clear Conscience

Blog

Just Transition: Clean Energy with a Clear Conscience

To achieve a just and clean energy transition, meaningful multi-stakeholder cooperation between business, governments, labor experts, and environmental justice groups is critical.

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The Norwegian Transparency Act: Key Insights for Business

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The Norwegian Transparency Act: Key Insights for Business

As the Norwegian Transparency Act becomes the newest human rights due diligence law to enter into force, what does it mean for business with operations in Norway? We share key insights based on work we've done with our members.

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The Housing Crisis: Key Priorities for Investor Action

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The Housing Crisis: Key Priorities for Investor Action

Institutional investors have both a responsibility and an opportunity to play a key role in the solution to the housing crisis. We share several key actions to take.

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Beyond Audits: Six Ways to Manage Human Rights Risks in Supply Chains

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Beyond Audits: Six Ways to Manage Human Rights Risks in Supply Chains

Companies are now expected to go “beyond” auditing by adopting more robust approaches to address human rights violations in their supply chain. Six points for companies to consider when addressing human rights risks through a holistic approach.

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Human Rights in the Healthcare Sector: Current State of Play

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Human Rights in the Healthcare Sector: Current State of Play

Over the past 18 months, BSR has worked with leading healthcare companies to assess the state of play in human rights practices. We share our maturity curve to chart healthcare companies’ approach to human rights.

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10 Human Rights Priorities for the Industrial Manufacturing Sector

Primers

10 Human Rights Priorities for the Industrial Manufacturing Sector

BSR is publishing a brief on the most urgent human rights impacts for the industrial manufacturing sector and opportunities for positive impact.

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Addressing Human Rights Risks in Renewable Energy Supply Chains

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Addressing Human Rights Risks in Renewable Energy Supply Chains

BSR’s work with energy and extractive companies—including a recent assessment of the human rights risks associated with minerals used in wind, solar, battery, and electrolyzer technology—has surfaced two key strategies for strengthening the management of human rights risks in transition mineral supply chains.

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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

Americas


Americas


Lindsey Andersen

Lindsey Andersen

Associate Director, Human Rights

Americas


Faraz Ansari

Faraz Ansari

Futures Research Analyst

Americas


Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Alison Berthet

Alison Berthet

Manager, Human Rights

Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Asia-Pacific


Americas


Hannah Darnton

Hannah Darnton

Director, Technology and Human Rights

Americas


Americas


Americas


Americas


Claudio Formisano

Claudio Formisano

Associate Director

Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Emma Giloth

Emma Giloth

Manager, Consumer Sectors

Americas


Americas


Americas


Asia-Pacific


Americas


Ayesha Khan

Ayesha Khan

Manager, Technology and Human Rights

Americas


Asia-Pacific


Jenna Kowalevsky

Jenna Kowalevsky

Manager, Energy, Extractives, and Industrials

Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Asia-Pacific


Kia Kyhl

Kia Kyhl

Associate

Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Americas


Francesca Manta

Francesca Manta

Associate Director, Human Rights

Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Americas


Roger McElrath

Roger McElrath

Associate Director

Americas


Kindra Mohr

Kindra Mohr

Manager, Financial Services

Americas


Paloma Muñoz Quick

Paloma Muñoz Quick

Associate Director, Financial Service

Americas


Americas


Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Americas


Roberta Pinamonti

Roberta Pinamonti

Associate Director

Asia-Pacific


Mariana Riquelme

Mariana Riquelme

Manager, Energy, Extractives, and ESG

Americas


Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Asia-Pacific


Americas


Aude Ucla

Aude Ucla

Associate Director

Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Jenny Vaughan

Jenny Vaughan

Managing Director

Americas



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