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2 Jun 2020

Briefings & Reports

This section contains annual, biannual, quarterly and regional bulletins published by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

People power under pressure: Human rights defenders & business in 2023

We recorded 630 instances of attacks against people raising concerns about business-related harms in 2023. This is part of a consistent, ongoing pattern of attacks against HRDs protecting our rights and planet globally, with more than 5,300 attacks recorded since January 2015.

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2023 KnowTheChain Apparel & Footwear Benchmark

KnowTheChain's latest assessment of 65 of the biggest apparel and footwear companies' efforts to address supply chain forced labour reveals companies remained largely reactive to human rights violations rather than evidencing robust, embedded human rights and environmental due diligence practices designed to prevent abuse.

Taking CTRL: Pathways to effective tech investor engagement

Effective engagement and collaboration between civil society and investors is crucial in the fight for digital rights and corporate accountability. Lessons from the experiences of activists, civil society organisations and tech investors.

Renewable Energy & Human Rights Benchmark 2023

A rights-respecting renewable energy sector will be vital if we are to deliver a fast and fair energy transition. Our third global Renewable Energy & Human Rights Benchmark examines the human rights policies and practices of 28 of the largest wind and solar developers and manufacturers.

International Migrants Day: Global analysis 2023

Between December 1 2022 and November 30 2023, we recorded 613 human rights abuse allegations against migrant workers toiling in supply chains across the globe. Explore our data through this interactive webpage to see the types of threats migrant workers face, which industries benefit from abuse and which migration corridors are most dangerous for the workers who use them.

Myanmar Garment Worker Allegations Tracker: Three years of military rule

1 February 2024 marks three years since the military takeover of Myanmar. Since then, we've recorded hundreds of attacks on garment workers’ human rights both in their workplaces and on the streets. We examine allegations of abuse tracked over the past year and responses from international buyers alongside testimony from workers.

Transition Minerals Tracker: 2022 Analysis

Our annual analysis highlights the urgent need for a just energy transition based on three core principles: shared prosperity, robust human rights due diligence and worker, community, and defender rights protections, and fair negotiation between business, workers and communities.

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    Just for show: Worker representation in Asia’s garment sector & the role of fashion brands & employers

    19 Jun 2024

    We examine the role of trade unions and alternative representative structures across six major garment-producing countries in South and Southeast Asia - Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka - and explore how brands and their suppliers are relying on ineffective representation structures as an alternative to union engagement, undermining freedom of association and collective bargaining, depleting trade unions’ ability to build their membership and contributing to a vicious cycle of poor working conditions in the sector.

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    Transition Minerals Tracker: 2024 Global Analysis

    16 May 2024

    Our annual analysis highlights the urgent need for a just energy transition based on three core principles: shared prosperity; robust human rights due diligence and worker, community and defender rights protections; and fair negotiation between business, workers and communities.

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    People power under pressure: Human rights defenders & business in 2023

    7 May 2024

    We recorded 630 instances of attacks against people raising concerns about business-related harms in 2023. This is part of a consistent, ongoing pattern of attacks against HRDs protecting our rights and planet globally, with more than 5,300 attacks recorded since January 2015.

    Read more
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    Taking CTRL: Pathways to effective tech investor engagement

    24 Apr 2024

    Effective engagement and collaboration between civil society and investors is crucial in the fight for digital rights and corporate accountability. Lessons from the experiences of activists, civil society organisations and tech investors.

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    Fuelling injustice: Transition mineral impacts in Eastern Europe & Central Asia

    22 Apr 2024

    Previously neglected in global analyses of transition minerals, the EECA region is becoming a new hotspot for transition mineral extraction and supply – primarily due to abundant reserves of these minerals now critical to a fast transition to clean energy. However, new research reveals that between 2019 and 2023, more than 400 allegations of abuse were linked to the development, extraction and processing of 20 transition minerals in the region.

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    Switched off: Tech company opacity & Israel’s war on Gaza

    18 Apr 2024

    We invited 104 technology companies operating in or providing services to the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel to respond to a survey on transparency and heightened human rights due diligence in the context of Israel's war on Gaza.

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    Big tech in Africa: Insights for investors

    25 Mar 2024

    Investors may not expect there to be serious legal, operational or reputational risks linked to the tech sector outside of the United States or the European Union. This assumption, however, is becoming outdated. This briefing highlights the salient human rights risks relating to the tech sector in Africa and links them to material risks.

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    Myanmar Garment Worker Allegations Tracker: Three years of military rule

    31 Jan 2024

    1 February 2024 marks three years since the military takeover of Myanmar. Since then, we've recorded hundreds of attacks on garment workers’ human rights both in their workplaces and on the streets. We examine allegations of abuse tracked over the past year and responses from international buyers alongside testimony from workers.

    Read more
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    A just transition for all: Key tools for a fast & fair shift to renewable energy in Latin America

    30 Jan 2024

    Latin America will play a key role in the transition to renewable energy. Civil society and grassroots organisations are critical stakeholders in bringing about structural change at both state and corporate levels to ensure this transition is both fast and fair. In this guide we explore some of the strategies – from investor engagement to strategic litigation - used by civil society and grassroots organisations to advocate for a just energy transition that rests on three core principles: shared prosperity, human rights and social protection, and fair negotiations.

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    2023 KnowTheChain Apparel & Footwear Benchmark

    11 Jan 2024

    KnowTheChain's latest assessment of 65 of the biggest apparel and footwear companies' efforts to address supply chain forced labour reveals companies remained largely reactive to human rights violations rather than evidencing robust, embedded human rights and environmental due diligence practices designed to prevent abuse.

    Read more