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“What human rights?" - Why some companies speak out while others don’t

Author: Mauricio Lazala & Joseph Bardwell, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, Published on: 17 June 2015

Companies can be a powerful voice in the protection of the vulnerable in repressive countries, particularly where abuses are taking place linked to their industry and when they are major investors. Unfortunately, many companies remain unwilling to speak out for human rights, especially when they think that doing so might hurt them financially. However, a few brave companies are helping to create and expand "enabling environments" for human rights. Perhaps they can set a new trend for companies speaking out to protect civic space. [Refers to adidas, BP, Brilliant Earth, Coca-Cola, Columbia, FIFA, Formula One Group, Gap, Goldman Sachs, Google, H&M, Inditex, Leber Jeweler, Levi Strauss, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Puma, Tiffany, Visa].

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Related companies: adidas BP Brilliant Earth Coca-Cola Columbia Sportswear FIFA Formula One Group Gap Goldman Sachs Google (part of Alphabet) H&M Inditex Leber Jeweler Levi Strauss Morgan Stanley Puma Tiffany Visa Group