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Companies' sustainability reports should have more information about human rights, says study

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27 March 2008

Labor practices top the list of human rights reporting topics

Author: Global Reporting Initiative

Companies need to go further in including quantifiable information about human rights in their sustainability reports, concluded a survey on corporate human rights reporting just released by GRI and the Roberts Environmental Center...at Claremont McKenna College... The study found that while labor practices were the most frequently reported human rights topics, they were not often identified by reporters as human rights related issues. Four of the nine topics addressed by the G3 human rights indicators were not mentioned at all by half or more of the surveyed companies.

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1 March 2008

[PDF] Reporting on Human Rights

Author: Global Reporting Initiative, Roberts Environmental Center - Claremont McKenna College [USA]

The Global Reporting Initiative and the Roberts Environmental Center...conducted a survey of corporate human rights reporting based on information published by 100 large companies from around the world. The survey focused on evaluating the extent to which performance information is reported by companies to describe their compliance with widely accepted human rights objectives. In particular, compliance with the GRI G3 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines on human rights was assessed... [H]uman rights topics were included in the social section of sustainability reports, but they were not necessarily identified as human rights. The most frequently addressed topics had to do with labor practices which were often presented in report sections about labor without identifying them as human rights. When the nine topics addressed by the G3 human rights indicators were searched for in company reports, four were not mentioned at all by half or more of the surveyed companies... [refers to Norske Skogindustrier (Norske Skog), ABN Amro, Citigroup, Barclays, Australian Ethical Investments, Enel]

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