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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 ensure that companies in all sectors meet and exceed global human rights standards.

Human Rights Overview


How We Work


We draw on a network of partners from business and civil society to tackle global challenges and ensure that companies in all sectors meet and exceed global human rights standards. Our work includes surveying and benchmarking human rights practices and policies across an industry 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 strategies that synthesize company efforts
  • 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 possible 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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Our Insights on Human Rights

10 Human Rights Priorities for the Power and Utilities Sector

Primers

10 Human Rights Priorities for the Power and Utilities Sector

A primer on the most relevant, urgent, and probable human rights impacts for the power and utilities sector and opportunities for positive impact

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The Human Rights Implications of the Renewable Energy Transition

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The Human Rights Implications of the Renewable Energy Transition

We can expect the intersection between human rights and renewable energy to become increasingly relevant in our near future, and we invite you to be a part of this trend by integrating the human rights agenda into your business practices.

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Reflections from a BSR Summer Intern: How to Create Maximum Impact

Blog

Reflections from a BSR Summer Intern: How to Create Maximum Impact

One of our summer interns reflects on his experiences and what he learned about strategies for accelerating change and maximizing impact on business and human rights.

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Next Steps for the (Former) Members of the Business Advisory Councils

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Next Steps for the (Former) Members of the Business Advisory Councils

In the wake of yesterday’s collapse of the advisory councils assembled by Donald Trump, here are five key principles for the business leaders who were on the councils to help define and promote a thriving economy.

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Meet the Team for Human Rights

Dunstan Allison-Hope

Dunstan Allison-Hope

Managing Director

San Francisco


Jean-Baptiste Andrieu

Jean-Baptiste Andrieu

Associate Director

Paris


Paris


Farid Baddache

Farid Baddache

Managing Director, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa

Paris


New York


San Francisco


Hong Kong


New York


Margaret Jungk

Margaret Jungk

Managing Director, Human Rights

San Francisco


Hong Kong


Hong Kong


San Francisco


Roger McElrath

Roger McElrath

Associate Director

San Francisco


Peter Nestor

Peter Nestor

Associate Director

San Francisco


Paris



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Contact the Human Rights team with any questions.

Collaborative Initiatives on Human Rights

Human Rights Working Group

Human Rights Working Group

Working to implement the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights across all industries

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