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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.

Fast and fair renewable energy for Africa: Lessons from Kenya

As the energy transition gathers pace in Africa, we look at case studies from Kenya which highlight the opportunities of embracing green energy for businesses, states and local communities – and the abuse, delays and project suspensions companies and investors risk when they fail to address human rights.

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Russian invasion of Ukraine: Analysis of companies' human rights due diligence

Businesses operating in conflict zones are not neutral actors, even when they do not take sides – heightened human rights due diligence with a conflict-sensitive approach is imperative. We asked 330 companies active in Ukraine and/or Russia about due diligence. The findings indicate widespread business failure to address human rights risks.

Business and human rights defenders in Colombia: Urgent protection needed for people defending land, territory and environment

Decades of internal armed conflict, violence related to organised crime, and dominance of land-intensive and extractive industries have created a climate of systemic intimidation of social leaders, unionists and activists in Colombia. Our latest analysis examines attacks against human rights defenders raising concerns about business-related abuse in 2020-2021, identifies drivers of attacks and proposes steps for companies, investors and the Colombian Government to ensure defenders are protected.

Transition Minerals Tracker: Global analysis of human rights in the energy transition

Extraction of cobalt, copper, lithium, manganese, nickel, and zinc—core components for renewable energy technology—is expected to rise dramatically with a global shift towards clean energy. Yet many of the companies producing these minerals are beset with allegations of human rights abuse. Read our latest analysis.

Unbearable harassment: The fashion industry and widespread abuse of female garment workers in Indian factories

Alongside Asia Floor Wage Alliance and Society for Labour and Development, we collected testimonies from 90 women workers in 31 factories across three major garment-producing hubs in India: Delhi NCR, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Our findings demonstrate gender-based violence and harassment in Indian garment factories intensified due to fashion brands’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Human rights defenders & business in 2021: Protecting the rights of people driving a just transition

Human rights defenders protect our communities, rights, natural resources and our shared planet. They are vital leaders of the global climate justice movement and a just transition to green economies. Yet they face intolerable risks. Read our annual analysis of attacks against the human rights defenders who raise concerns about business operations.

Navigating the surveillance technology ecosystem: A human rights due diligence guide for investors

Grounded in the perspectives of digital rights advocates, due diligence modelling experts and investors, this Guide seeks to help investors navigate the surveillance technology ecosystem by examining risks and providing questions regarding governance, policy and practice; product life cycle; and remedy to support investor human rights due diligence and decision making.

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