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New body of research clarifies why & how businesses should support civic freedoms & human rights defenders


Human rights defenders and civic freedoms essential for profitable business, say major companies

The statement is the first of its kind, with supporters including Unilever, adidas, Primark, ABN AMRO, Anglo American, Leber Jeweler, Domini and the Investors Alliance on Human Rights, and stresses that when human rights defenders are under attack, so is sustainable and profitable business. Governments and investors everywhere should take notice today as a group of major brands call for protecting human rights defenders and civic freedoms, which are under attack across the world.


Database of attacks on defenders working on businesses-related human rights abuses

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Key findings

3.2 billion people live in constrained civic space and civic freedoms

From our partners: CIVICUS Monitor shows that civil society is under serious attack in 111 out of 196 countries. This is up from 109 countries at our last update in March 2018. 

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Situation of defenders is particularly vulnerable

Resource Centre's findings: Over 1300 attacks on defenders working on businesses-related human rights abuses took place from 2015-2108. Find out who is getting attacked, by whom and why - and what can be done for the situation to improve.

Key findings

News & developments

Find out more about the latest news and the most important actions and ideas at the intersection of business, civic freedoms and the work of human rights defenders here and through our bulletin. Archive of highlighted items available here

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Justiça nos Trilhos named first-ever recipient of Human Rights & Business Award

The Human Rights and Business Award is an annual award, accompanied by a US $50,000 grant, which recognises "outstanding work by human rights defenders in the Global South or former Soviet Union addressing the human rights impacts of business in those regions. On 26 November 2018, Justiça nos Trilhos was announced as the first-ever recipient of the award for their work with local communities in Brazil to address human rights and environmental abuses by mining and steel companies. The award will be presented to Justiça nos Trilhos on 27 November 2018 in Geneva, at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights.


Human Rights Defenders World Summit demands action from businesses & financial institutions

Paris World Summit Action Plan outlines what defenders from around the world believe should be the leading priorities for states, businesses, financial institutions, donors and intergovernmental organisations in bringing about a safe and enabling environment for the defence of human rights.