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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

Harnessing the Power of Data to Combat Human Trafficking

Blog

Harnessing the Power of Data to Combat Human Trafficking

Last week, Tech Against Trafficking (TAT) brought together technologists, nonprofits, academics, governments, and policy-makers from 60 countries in a virtual event to celebrate the close of its second Accelerator and discuss how tech advancements can be used to combat human trafficking.

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Advancing Human Rights in the SaaS Sector

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Advancing Human Rights in the SaaS Sector

BSR worked with a group of SaaS companies to conduct a sector-wide human rights assessment of the SaaS sector focused on the use of B2B services and are publishing the report today. This assessment identifies the SaaS sector’s salient human rights risks and outlines ways in which SaaS providers may impact human rights—as individual companies, as a group of companies, or as a sector.

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Human Rights Assessment of the Software-as-a-Service Sector

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Human Rights Assessment of the Software-as-a-Service Sector

SaaS services address numerous business needs, and they are behind many of the consumer-facing products and platforms we use every day. This report identifies salient human rights risks and makes recommendations to SaaS providers on how to avoid, prevent, and mitigate adverse human rights impacts associated with their individual services and the sector as a whole.

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How the Financial Sector Can Help Accelerate Access to Remedy

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How the Financial Sector Can Help Accelerate Access to Remedy

Despite the best efforts of governments and businesses to protect and respect human rights, there is clearly still a need to ensure people harmed by economic activities are able to raise issues and have them addressed.

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Transforming Finance: Priorities for Progress in Advancing Respect for Human Rights

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Transforming Finance: Priorities for Progress in Advancing Respect for Human Rights

The time for human rights-respecting finance is now. Our new report elaborates on the call to action set out in the UNGPs 10+ Roadmap for Financial Institutions, highlighting key areas where progress is needed to tackle global challenges and contribute to new systems grounded in respect for human rights.

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Human Rights Roadmap for Transforming Finance

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Human Rights Roadmap for Transforming Finance

The Human Rights Roadmap for Transforming Finance report elaborates on the call to action set out in the UNGPs, highlighting key areas where progress is needed to tackle global challenges and contribute to new systems grounded in respect for human rights.

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Navigating Emerging Ethical Issues: Lessons from Bioethics, Tech, and Human Rights

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Navigating Emerging Ethical Issues: Lessons from Bioethics, Tech, and Human Rights

A human rights-based approach provides a strong foundation for addressing ethical issues. Based on our work with healthcare and tech companies and expertise in applying human rights frameworks to businesses’ ethical challenges, we share insights on best practices for managing emerging ethical issues in a corporate context.

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Rapid Human Rights Due Diligence During Political and Armed Conflict: A Business Response to Ukraine

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Rapid Human Rights Due Diligence During Political and Armed Conflict: A Business Response to Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine raises significant questions for business and illuminates the impact that its actions can have during times of political and armed conflict. To help business respond, BSR has updated its rapid human rights due diligence tool to help with quick decision-making in this context.

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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


Lindsey Andersen

Lindsey Andersen

Associate Director, Human Rights

Americas


Americas


Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Alison Berthet

Alison Berthet

Manager, Human Rights

Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Asia-Pacific


Americas


Americas


Americas


Americas


Americas


Claudio Formisano

Claudio Formisano

Associate Director, Human Trafficking and Forced Labor

Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Emma Giloth

Emma Giloth

Consumer Sectors and Human Rights Manager

Americas


Americas


J.Y. Hoh

J.Y. Hoh

Manager, Technology and Human Rights

Asia-Pacific


Americas


Ayesha Khan

Ayesha Khan

Manager, Technology and Human Rights

Americas


Jenna Kowalevsky

Jenna Kowalevsky

Manager, Energy, Extractives, and Industrials and Human Rights

Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Asia-Pacific


Kia Kyhl

Kia Kyhl

Associate

Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Americas


Francesca Manta

Francesca Manta

Associate Director

Europe, Middle East, and Africa


Roger McElrath

Roger McElrath

Associate Director

Americas


Kindra Mohr

Kindra Mohr

Manager, Financial Services and ESG

Americas


Paloma Muñoz Quick

Paloma Muñoz Quick

Associate Director

Americas


Americas


Europe, Middle East, and Africa


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, Human Rights

Americas



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