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Companies Fail to Meet Human-Rights Benchmark

Author: Wall Street Journal, Published on: 12 November 2018

Major companies in the resource extraction, agricultural and clothing industries are failing to demonstrate respect for human rights, according to a study based on principles from the United Nations... 

...It also uses publicly available information on issues such as forced labor, protecting human-rights activists and the living wage to score companies on a percentage scale. Two-thirds of companies scored less than 30% overall, the study found, with the average company at 27%. In the last edition of the index, released in 2017, the average score was 18%....

...Of the 101 companies surveyed, 40% of them failed to show any evidence of identifying or mitigating human-rights issues in their supply chains. Virtually none demonstrated strong commitments to paying living wages to workers along the supply chain or in their own operations, the study found.

 

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