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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

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

Reports

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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When It Comes to Racial Justice, the Business and Human Rights Community Can Do More

Blog

When It Comes to Racial Justice, the Business and Human Rights Community Can Do More

Since the tragic killing of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter (BLM) has received an unprecedented wave of support from all facets of society as people call for an end to racial injustice. This is not just an issue confined to the United States—this is a global human rights imperative.

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Key Ways Business Can Still Support Women’s Reproductive Rights Following SCOTUS Decisions

Blog

Key Ways Business Can Still Support Women’s Reproductive Rights Following SCOTUS Decisions

Corporate policies can provide a bulwark against the erosion of access to reproductive healthcare, helping to protect and strengthen the new social contract between business and society that the 21st century demands.

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Why Worker Data Protection Should Be Central to a 21st-Century Social Contract

Blog

Why Worker Data Protection Should Be Central to a 21st-Century Social Contract

Data protection is rarely discussed during dialogue about the need for a new social contract. However, the existing social contract was developed in the pre-digital world, not today’s data-rich environment, and a modern social contract must address a whole host of new risks and opportunities arising from how employee data are collected, shared, and used.

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Why Modern Slavery Risks Should Be Top of Mind for Businesses during COVID-19

Blog

Why Modern Slavery Risks Should Be Top of Mind for Businesses during COVID-19

Through our work addressing modern slavery across supply chains, we have observed an alarming uptick in business actions during the COVID-19 pandemic that may lead to more individuals being forced into conditions of modern slavery, or on the brink thereof.

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

Blog

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

2020 has demonstrated powerfully the importance of a fully functioning social safety net, public health systems, and global collaboration. Reforms to the social contract are clearly needed to protect public health, economic security, and the right of all people to participate fully in society.

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Access to Grievance Mechanisms and Remedy during the COVID-19 Crisis

Blog

Access to Grievance Mechanisms and Remedy during the COVID-19 Crisis

COVID-19 has aggravated existing inequalities, with rapidly changing business operating environments requiring fast decision-making based on often imperfect information. There is little doubt that some company decisions will have caused harm to employees, local residents, or customers. Companies will be held to account and asked to rectify these harms and to fulfill their duties to provide access to remedy.

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Supporting LGBTI People during Pride Month 2020 and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Blog

Supporting LGBTI People during Pride Month 2020 and the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 has exposed many of the structural and systemic issues disproportionately impacting vulnerable populations, including people of color, LGBTI people, migrants, and more. As we celebrate Pride Month in 2020, it is more important than ever to recognize the struggles of disenfranchised communities all over the world and the interconnectivity of these struggles for justice and equality.

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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


San Francisco


Hong Kong


Francesca Manta

Francesca Manta

Manager, Human Rights

Copenhagen


Roger McElrath

Roger McElrath

Associate Director

San Francisco


Paris


Hong Kong


Hong Kong


Paris


Jenny Vaughan

Jenny Vaughan

Human Rights Director

San Francisco



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Contact the Human Rights team with any questions.