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

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

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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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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

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

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

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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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Modern Slavery and Human Rights: Issues, Enforcement, and Due Diligence


Modern Slavery and Human Rights: Issues, Enforcement, and Due Diligence

Join us for an exploration of modern slavery and its evolving impact on global supply chains.

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