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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.

Renewable Energy & Human Rights Benchmark 2021

A rights-respecting renewable energy will be vital if we are to deliver a fast and fair energy transition. This second global human rights benchmark examines the human rights policies of 15 of the largest wind and solar companies.

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Hearing the human: Ensuring due diligence legislation effectively amplifies the voices of those affected by irresponsible business

The EU’s Sustainable Corporate Governance Initiative offers an opportunity to prioritise environmental protection, human rights and long-term business sustainability, including the safety of human rights defenders. We discussed safe and effective engagement with over 60 HRDs.

Beyond social auditing: Key considerations for mandating effective due diligence

To realise its potential, the EU Sustainable Corporate Governance Initiative must drive action beyond the mechanical tick-box exercise which has characterised too many companies’ approaches to their duty of care to workers and communities. This briefing outlines starting points for mandating effective due diligence for policymakers and legislators.

Corporate Rights or Human Rights? How trade and investment agreements could threaten human rights due diligence laws

Discover why states should combine the introduction of human rights and environmental due diligence legislation with reform of trade and investment agreements, removing investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clauses, and with them the ability of irresponsible corporations to undermine vital new regulation.

SLAPPed but not silenced: Defending human rights in the face of legal risks

First-ever global analysis of lawsuits which bear the hallmarks of SLAPPs brought or initiated by business actors reveals this tactic is used in every region of the world to intimidate people into silence.

2021 KnowTheChain Apparel & Footwear Benchmark

KnowTheChain assessed the 37 largest global apparel and footwear companies on their efforts to address forced labor risks in supply chains.

Checked Out: Migrant worker abuse in Qatar's World Cup luxury hotels

Fishers in this multi-billion dollar industry face some of the worst abuses encountered in any sector, anywhere. Our survey of 35 canned tuna companies and supermarkets sourcing from the Pacific region found glacial progress on actions which really matter to workers trapped in modern slavery.

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