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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.

2022 KnowTheChain ICT Benchmark

KnowTheChain assessed the world's 60 largest ICT companies & found widespread failure to tackle forced labour in supply chains due to insufficient due diligence processes. The median score was just 14/100 & the sector performed poorest on responsible purchasing practices & worker voice.

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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.

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.

How do UK trade agreements measure up on human rights?

When applied to post-Brexit Free Trade Agreements, our key human rights tests for UK Free Trade Agreements reveal gaps in human rights protections and highlight the opportunity for the UK to set a new trade strategy which promotes human rights.

Dismantling the facade: A global south perspective on the state of engagement with tech companies

Civil society organisations and individuals calling for transparency and accountability in the tech sector face unique challenges, particularly in the Global South. We spoke to groups pushing for change in this opaque sector about the challenges, tools and strategies in their work.

Damaging data: Corporate due diligence and reproductive rights

Since the overturn of Roe v. Wade, experts have warned that data collected by technology and financial firms could be used in investigations and court cases to enforce anti-abortion laws, posing a clear and significant risk to people's right to privacy, as well as other fundamental rights and freedoms. We analysed responses from 14 technology and finance companies on the steps they are taking to assess and mitigate these risks.

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.

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