Corporate Human Rights Benchmark launches 2018 Progress Report

A year on from the launch of the first Benchmark, this report focuses on the progress CHRB has made towards achieving its objectives, highlights where improvements can be made and also looks ahead to the next iteration of the benchmark.

The report serves to demonstrate the validity of the CHRB approach and also acts as a call for action to governments, investors and civil society to continue their support of the CHRB. The report includes some analysis on the pilot results. It also features case studies that demonstrate the impact the CHRB has had to date, including from companies, consultancies, investors, law firms and other benchmarking organisations. 

The 2018 Benchmark assessment is currently on-going and the results will be published in November 2018. The CHRB is also developing a new Methodology to cover ICT companies. 

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14 May 2018

Corporate Human Rights Benchmark 2018 Progress Report

In 2017, CHRB launched the first Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, a landmark assessment of the largest public companies in the agricultural products, apparel and extractives industries. In 2018, CHRB will be releasing the follow up benchmark and working to expand the scope and scale of future benchmarks... This report focuses on the progress CHRB has made towards achieving its objectives following the launch of the pilot, highlights where improvements can be made and also looks ahead to the next iteration of the benchmark. It serves to demonstrate the validity of the CHRB approach and also acts as a call for action to governments, investors and civil society to continue their support of the CHRB. 

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14 May 2018

Human rights activists name and shame giant companies

Author: Financial Times

Kraft Heinz, the food and drinks company, and fashion businesses Macy’s, Hermès and Prada have been criticised for a lack of transparency on human rights issues in their supply chain after failing to engage with a government and investor-backed group... The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark... is to release a report next week. It will say that some companies are paying greater attention to issues relating to workers. It warns, however, that a quarter of groups it has targeted in the clothing, agriculture and extractive industries have failed to engage, ignoring letters from an investor coalition that oversees $5tn in assets as well as invitations from CHRB...

...Prada declined to comment. Kraft Heinz and Hermès did not respond to a request for comment. Macy’s said: “Integrity and good corporate citizenship are deeply ingrained in our business. We respect the work of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark. While we were not able to participate in the earlier benchmark, we are open to another discussion with CHRB.”...

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