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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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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 global business initiative for the engineering and construction industry to work together to help promote the rights and welfare of workers.

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Human Rights Working Group

Human Rights Working Group

Working to implement the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights across all industries

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Meet the Team

Dunstan Allison-Hope

Dunstan Allison-Hope

Managing Director

San Francisco


Jean-Baptiste Andrieu

Jean-Baptiste Andrieu

Associate Director

Paris


Paris


Farid Baddache

Farid Baddache

Managing Director

Paris


New York


San Francisco


Hong Kong


New York


Margaret Jungk

Margaret Jungk

Managing Director, Human Rights

San Francisco


Hong Kong


Hong Kong


San Francisco


Roger McElrath

Roger McElrath

Associate Director

San Francisco


Peter Nestor

Peter Nestor

Associate Director

San Francisco


Paris



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Contact the Human Rights team with any questions.

Our Insights on Human Rights

10 Human Rights Priorities for the Extractives Sector

Primers

10 Human Rights Priorities for the Extractives Sector

A primer on the most relevant, urgent, and probable human rights impacts for the extractives sector and opportunities for positive impact

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Communities First: Top Human Rights Priorities for Extractives Companies

Blog

Communities First: Top Human Rights Priorities for Extractives Companies

These top three opportunities for the extractives industry to make a positive impact on human rights all relate to including and empowering people in the communities where they operate.

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Practical Guidance from the Frontlines of the Corporate Fight against Modern Slavery

Blog

Practical Guidance from the Frontlines of the Corporate Fight against Modern Slavery

A BSR senior advisor offers internal and external recommendations for building an effective program to address modern slavery.

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Q&A: The Future of Business and Human Rights

Blog

Q&A: The Future of Business and Human Rights

To continue our Q&A series with our experts on the past, present, and future of sustainable business, we sat down with our Human Rights lead to discuss innovations, opportunities, and challenges in the field.

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