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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

2021: Optimism and Resolve for the Decisive Decade

Blog

2021: Optimism and Resolve for the Decisive Decade

It is time to turn ambition to action. In the year ahead, BSR will be focusing on three broad areas: (1) business transformation to meet ESG objectives; (2) decisive climate action to translate commitments into real change; and (3) creating an economy that is truly inclusive.

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The Business Role in Creating a 21st-Century Social Contract

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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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Six Steps to Prevent and Address Child Labor in the Palm Oil Industry

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Six Steps to Prevent and Address Child Labor in the Palm Oil Industry

In collaboration with global buyers, BSR supported the development of agribusiness group Wilmar’s Child Protection Implementation Manual, which provides a guide for establishing and implementing policies related to safeguarding and protecting children from child labor and other forms of abuse in palm oil operations as well as remedial actions.

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Seven Questions to Determine a Company’s Connections to Human Rights Abuses

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Seven Questions to Determine a Company’s Connections to Human Rights Abuses

The actions that a company must take to prevent, mitigate, and remedy adverse human rights impacts—what the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) call “appropriate actions”—depend on the company’s connection to that impact. A new white paper provides seven questions to help companies determine their connection to negative impacts.

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Seven Questions to Help Determine When a Company Should Remedy Human Rights Harm under the UNGPs

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Seven Questions to Help Determine When a Company Should Remedy Human Rights Harm under the UNGPs

How can companies determine whether they have caused, contributed, or are directly linked to an adverse impact through their business relationships? A new white paper explores seven questions to help companies determine their connection to negative impacts and how to reframe these questions to identify appropriate actions to prevent and mitigate potential adverse human rights impacts that may occur in the future.

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One Year On: A Human Rights Review of the Oversight Board

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One Year On: A Human Rights Review of the Oversight Board

In 2019, BSR conducted an independent human rights review for Facebook to inform the creation of its Oversight Board. One year later, we are publishing a gap analysis on the Oversight Board and its progress.

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How Business Can Support Survivors of Human Trafficking

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How Business Can Support Survivors of Human Trafficking

GBCAT is launching a new resource, A Guide for Business on Empowerment and Employment of Survivors of Human Trafficking, to inform companies on how they can support the long-term recovery of survivors of human trafficking.

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Empowerment and Employment of Survivors of Human Trafficking: A Business Guide

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Empowerment and Employment of Survivors of Human Trafficking: A Business Guide

BSR and the Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking (GBCAT) have developed a new business guide, entitled Empowerment and Employment of Survivors of Human Trafficking.

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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


Jean-Baptiste Andrieu

Jean-Baptiste Andrieu

Associate Director

Paris


New York


Ouida Chichester

Ouida Chichester

Associate Director

San Francisco


Hannah Darnton

Hannah Darnton

Associate Director

San Francisco


Salah Husseini

Salah Husseini

Associate Director, Human Rights

New York


Rosa Kusbiantoro

Rosa Kusbiantoro

Associate Director

Hong Kong


Hong Kong


Francesca Manta

Francesca Manta

Manager, Human Rights

Copenhagen


Roger McElrath

Roger McElrath

Associate Director

San Francisco


Paris


Hong Kong


Mariana Riquelme

Mariana Riquelme

Manager, Energy, Extractives, and ESG

New York


Hong Kong


San Francisco


Paris


Jenny Vaughan

Jenny Vaughan

Human Rights Director

San Francisco



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