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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.

Investing in renewable energy to power a just transition: a practical guide for investors

Renewable energy presents a singular investment opportunity, but human rights—especially the rights of human rights defenders, Indigenous Peoples and communities, must be front-of-mind for the burgeoning industry. This guide helps investors make better decisions for a fast and fair transition.

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Unpicked: Fashion & Freedom of Association

We interviewed 24 trade union leaders and surveyed 124 union activists and labour advocates in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka on freedom of association during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly two thirds (61%) said the situation for freedom of association and collective bargaining has “got worse” since the pandemic.

Business and human rights defenders in Asia-Pacific

Human rights defenders across the globe are protecting our rights, natural resources and shared planet. Their work highlighting risks in company operations and supply chains and advocating for responsible business practices is vital to support a just transition to green economies and a more sustainable future for all. Despite this critical work, HRDs in Asia-Pacific often experience high levels of risk and strong backlash. We explore the risks and challenges faced by HRDs raising concerns about business operations in Asia-Pacific.

Scrutinising migration surveillance: Human rights responsibilities of tech companies operating in MENA

Digital surveillance tools are increasingly linked to allegations of human rights abuse in the context of border management and migration in the Middle East and North Africa. We analysed allegations and asked 24 tech companies which have allegedly produced or provided surveillance technologies to governments in the MENA region to respond to questions about their corporate transparency and human rights due diligence processes.

Forced labour risks, remedy and changing regulation: KnowTheChain investor briefing

The risk of forced labour in global supply chains remains one of the most significant human rights issues for companies – and their investors – worldwide. Despite this, KnowTheChain data indicates major companies in high-risk sectors like apparel and footwear, ICT, and food and beverage are failing to identify risks and remediate forced labour in their supply chains. We set out recommendations for investors to play a critical role in interrogating human rights due diligence efforts and companies’ attempts to remediate forced labour.

Resistance, harassment and intimidation: Garment worker abuse under Myanmar's military rule

Since Myanmar's military illegally seized power in 2021, garment workers have been on the front line of the Civil Disobedience Movement, risking their lives and livelihoods to demand an end to the dictatorship and to restore democracy. This briefing looks at over 100 cases of alleged labour and human rights abuse against garment workers at Myanmar factories producing for at least 32 major global brands and retailers.

Business and human rights litigation in Latin America: Lessons from practice

Strategic litigation has become a crucial tool to hold business accountable for human rights abuse—but those who seek justice face significant obstacles. We take a closer look at strategic litigation in Latin America, analysing trends from our lawsuit database and bringing together perspectives and resources to develop a strategic litigation toolbox.

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    State of play: Migrant workers' rights in Qatar at World Cup kick off

    18 Nov 2022

    The FIFA World Cup 2022 kicks off on 20 November in Doha. Ahead of the tournament, we break down what labour abuse looks like for the millions of migrant workers employed by the private sector in Qatar.

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    Australia: Modern Slavery Act fails to drive 'race to the top' as new report tracks compliance failures

    17 Nov 2022

    New report from civil society & academia coalition shows companies continue to fail to comply with the Australian Modern Slavery Act and take action on modern slavery

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    Protector not prisoner: Exploring the rights violations & criminalization of Indigenous Peoples in climate actions

    10 Nov 2022

    This briefing, co-published with Indigenous Peoples Rights International, explores how climate actions which do not center human rights have been harmful to Indigenous peoples, as well as the scale of attacks Indigenous defenders face when protecting their lands, territories, natural resources, and communities from such projects. It provides examples of Indigenous resistance to harmful climate actions in Kenya, the Philippines, Russia, Peru, Nepal, Indonesia, and Norway, as well as related legal decisions upholding the rights of Indigenous communities.

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    Business and human rights defenders in Southeast Asia

    1 Nov 2022

    Human rights defenders across the globe are protecting our rights, natural resources and shared planet. Their work highlighting risks in company operations and supply chains and advocating for responsible business practices is vital to support a just transition to green economies and a more sustainable future for all. Despite this critical work, HRDs in Southeast Asia often experience high levels of risk and strong backlash. We explore the risks and challenges faced by HRDs raising concerns about business operations in Southeast Asia.

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    Investing in renewable energy to power a just transition: a practical guide for investors

    25 Oct 2022

    Renewable energy presents a singular investment opportunity, but human rights—especially the rights of human rights defenders, Indigenous Peoples and communities, must be front-of-mind for the burgeoning industry. This guide helps investors make better decisions for a fast and fair transition.

    Read more
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    Unpicked: Fashion & Freedom of Association

    11 Oct 2022

    We interviewed 24 trade union leaders and surveyed 124 union activists and labour advocates in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka on freedom of association during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly two thirds (61%) said the situation for freedom of association and collective bargaining has “got worse” since the pandemic.

    Read more
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    Scrutinising migration surveillance: Human rights responsibilities of tech companies operating in MENA

    28 Sep 2022

    Digital surveillance tools are increasingly linked to allegations of human rights abuse in the context of border management and migration in the Middle East and North Africa. We analysed allegations and asked 24 tech companies which have allegedly produced or provided surveillance technologies to governments in the MENA region to respond to questions about their corporate transparency and human rights due diligence processes.

    Read more
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    Business and human rights defenders in Asia-Pacific

    19 Sep 2022

    Human rights defenders across the globe are protecting our rights, natural resources and shared planet. Their work highlighting risks in company operations and supply chains and advocating for responsible business practices is vital to support a just transition to green economies and a more sustainable future for all. Despite this critical work, HRDs in Asia-Pacific often experience high levels of risk and strong backlash. We explore the risks and challenges faced by HRDs raising concerns about business operations in Asia-Pacific.

    Read more
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    Forced labour risks, remedy and changing regulation: KnowTheChain investor briefing

    13 Sep 2022

    The risk of forced labour in global supply chains remains one of the most significant human rights issues for companies – and their investors – worldwide. Despite this, KnowTheChain data indicates major companies in high-risk sectors like apparel and footwear, ICT, and food and beverage are failing to identify risks and remediate forced labour in their supply chains. We set out recommendations for investors to play a critical role in interrogating human rights due diligence efforts and companies’ attempts to remediate forced labour.

    Read more
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    Buffering rights: How Europe's new due diligence regulation can help reverse tech rights risks

    3 Aug 2022

    Europe’s welcome draft Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive has enormous potential to insist the tech sector transforms itself to end abuse, and contributes to shared prosperity and effective democracy. We look at the key areas in need of improvement to strengthen the draft Directive and shape a rights-respecting tech sector.

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