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Human Rights: 2021: Optimism and Resolve for the Decisive Decade

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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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Human Rights: 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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Human Rights: How Business Should Respond to the Coup in Myanmar

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How Business Should Respond to the Coup in Myanmar

Drawing on the UNGPs, UN guidance for business in conflict situations, and BSR’s own experience working with businesses in Myanmar and advising companies on human rights due diligence in high-risk contexts, here are seven practical steps that businesses with a presence in Myanmar can take.

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Human Rights: Accelerating Progress for Gender Equality through the Generation Equality Forum

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Accelerating Progress for Gender Equality through the Generation Equality Forum

BSR is partnering with the B Team and Women Win/Win-Win Strategies to engage the private sector—mobilizing both companies with established women’s empowerment programs and those looking to get involved in the movement—toward making meaningful commitments to promote gender equality through the Generation Equality Forum.

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Human Rights: To Combat Systemic Discrimination, Companies Need to Acknowledge Their Role

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To Combat Systemic Discrimination, Companies Need to Acknowledge Their Role

How can companies play a role in tackling systemic racism and discrimination?

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Human Rights: Looking Ahead to the Next Decade of Business and Human Rights

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Looking Ahead to the Next Decade of Business and Human Rights

As we look ahead to the next decade of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), we see the need to start focusing on six areas that will enable us to achieve the most meaningful progress toward the realization of human rights.

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Human Rights: Digital Technology and Data in the Garment Supply Chain during COVID-19

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Digital Technology and Data in the Garment Supply Chain during COVID-19

BSR examined the impacts of digital transformation on women garment workers in our new report, Digital Technology and Data in the Garment Supply Chain during COVID-19.

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Human Rights: Data and Tech Acceleration in COVID-19: The Human Rights Impact on Vulnerable Garment Workers

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Data and Tech Acceleration in COVID-19: The Human Rights Impact on Vulnerable Garment Workers

BSR examined the impacts of digital transformation on women garment workers in our new report, Digital Technology and Data in the Garment Supply Chain during COVID-19.

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Human Rights: 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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Human Rights: 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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Human Rights: 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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Human Rights: 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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Upcoming Events on Human Rights

How Companies Can Accelerate Gender Equality at the Generation Equality Forum


How Companies Can Accelerate Gender Equality at the Generation Equality Forum

Join BSR to learn about the Generation Equality Forum and how business can contribute to the success of gender equality.

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