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Commentary: No scope for complacency in the wake of Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

Author: Moe Myint, Irrawaddy (Myanmar), Published on: 15 March 2017

Myanmar Center for Responsible Business’s director Vicky Bowman said that the… Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB)...serves as test as to whether foreign conglomerates in Burma are following UN principles.  “This is looking at global behavior,” she pointed out, adding that one surprise she encountered in the survey results was how “companies like Coca Cola, Heineken and Shell have actually done a lot of human rights due diligence and [created] human rights policy.”  Yet these companies were not listed in the top three in…CHRB’s findings.  She pointed out that some foreign firms avoid releasing relevant information on human rights practices to the public, citing high market risk; Bowman pointed out that many of these companies scored very low in the CHRB survey despite regularly stating that they are committed to promoting human rights worldwide.  The Irrawaddy contacted the Heineken Co., which is affiliated with the Alliance Brewery Co.,on Wednesday afternoon…[S]enior staff declined to comment…and said that they were not aware of [CHRB’s] findings.  They re-directed questions…to the head office based in the Netherlands.  The Coca-Cola company’s communications officer did not respond to multiple phone calls.  [Also mentions BHP Bilton, Rio Tinto, Marks & Spencer, Unilever, Nestlé, Adidas, YUM!, Costco, Macy's, Kohl's, Ross Stores, Grupo Mexico, India's Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, China Petroleum and Chemical, Coal India, Heineken and Coca-Cola]. 

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Related companies: adidas BHP Billiton China Petroleum & Chemical (see Sinopec) Coal India (CIL) Coca-Cola Costco Grupo México Heineken Kohl's Macy's Marks & Spencer Nestlé ONGC (Oil & Natural Gas Corporation) Rio Tinto Ross Stores Unilever YUM!