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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.

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.

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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.

Internet shutdowns in Africa: Addressing the human rights responsibilities of telecoms companies

Internet shutdowns endanger the right to freedom of expression, infringe on international human rights law and create losses for telecoms companies. What can telecoms companies do to ensure they are respecting rights?

Trouble brewing: the need for transparency in tea supply chains

Thirteen million workers who toil on tea plantations have suffered from endemic human rights abuses, while the tea companies they pick for have evaded responsibility for their supply chain workers. We reached out to 65 tea companies urging them to reveal where they source from and how they carry out due diligence.

Closing the gap: Evidence for effective human rights due diligence from five years measuring company efforts to address forced labour

Delays to the EU’s legislative proposal for mHREDD, which will signal a step-change for corporate human rights, must be used to ensure an ambitious standard is set with tangible impacts for workers. This report provides new evidence of the urgent need for voluntary action to be strengthened with robust regulatory requirements for companies to identify human rights risks and prevent abuse.

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