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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: Why Company Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs Need Intersectional Approaches

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Why Company Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs Need Intersectional Approaches

As more and more companies develop, enact, and expand women’s empowerment and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, business needs to understand women’s diverse and distinct experiences and undertake an intersectional approach.

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Human Rights: Building toward Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence

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Building toward Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence

The proposed European mandatory human rights due diligence (EU mHRDD) legislation is a significant development for corporate human rights programs. We present our recommendations on how this legislation can be as effective as possible.

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Human Rights: The Sustainable Business Agenda in a Biden-Harris Administration

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The Sustainable Business Agenda in a Biden-Harris Administration

Following the 2020 U.S. elections, BSR President and CEO Aron Cramer lays out an agenda for business to call on the Biden administration to adopt in order to advance a more just and sustainable world.

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Human Rights: Four Features of Effective Human Rights Due Diligence

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Four Features of Effective Human Rights Due Diligence

The EU’s proposed mandatory human rights due diligence legislation has the potential to reshape the way that companies manage their human rights risks—and to boost the impact of company efforts to prevent, mitigate, and remedy these risks. This blog discusses four features of effective human rights due diligence.

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Human Rights: The Future of Human Rights Due Diligence: Legislation and Regulation for a Level Playing Field

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The Future of Human Rights Due Diligence: Legislation and Regulation for a Level Playing Field

In the first of a three-part series, this blog focuses on the current landscape of mandatory human rights due diligence (HRDD) and disclosure requirements and the push toward a more universal approach.

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Human Rights: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change: A Call For Action to Build Resilience Post-COVID

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Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change: A Call For Action to Build Resilience Post-COVID

On the commemoration of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), we recognize that there is still much to be done to prevent, mitigate, and remedy the current and forthcoming adverse impacts of climate change to which Indigenous Peoples are particularly vulnerable.

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Human Rights: A 21st-Century Social Contract Must Include a Just Transition to a Net-Zero Economy

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A 21st-Century Social Contract Must Include a Just Transition to a Net-Zero Economy

We need to enact large-scale systemic changes to combat global climate change—and as the transition to a net-zero GHG emissions economy takes place, we need a social contract that addresses the impact on workers and their communities, especially those facing systemic inequities.

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Human Rights: How Healthcare Companies Can Meet the Moment and Respect Human Rights

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How Healthcare Companies Can Meet the Moment and Respect Human Rights

In a world where both a return to normalcy and our ability to weather future crises depends in large part on innovation in the healthcare sector, healthcare companies, particularly those in the pharmaceutical industry, have a crucial role to play in ensuring respect for human rights throughout their own operations, supply chains, and business relationships.

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Human Rights: Respecting the Rights of Vulnerable Groups

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Respecting the Rights of Vulnerable Groups

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the most vulnerable and marginalized have been and will continue to be the hardest hit amid increasing infection rates and deepening economic recession. BSR has released a primer, featuring a three-step approach on how companies can identify vulnerable groups, including BIPOC, and respect their rights in the context of COVID-19.

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

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

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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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Upcoming Events on Human Rights

Japan National Action Plan on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights


Japan National Action Plan on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

BSR will host a webinar about the Japan National Action Plan on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and provide an update on EU Mandatory Due Diligence.

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