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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: 2022 Analysis

Our annual analysis highlights the urgent need for a just energy transition based on three core principles: shared prosperity, robust human rights due diligence and worker, community, and defender rights protections, and fair negotiation between business, workers and communities.

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2023 KnowTheChain Food & Beverage Benchmark

KnowTheChain assessed the world's 60 largest Food & Beverage companies & found the largest companies in the sector are failing to tackle forced labour risks in their supply chains, with an average score of just 16/100. After six years of benchmarking – progress is stagnating in the sector which is cause for concern, especially against the backdrop of current geo-political and climate crises.

Vexatious lawsuits: Corporate use of SLAPPs to silence critics

Every day, people across the globe raise concerns about business-related harm to their communities, environments and rights. Judicial harassment – including strategic lawsuits against public participation, or SLAPPs – has made up more than half of the attacks against human rights defenders raising concerns about business practice since we began tracking in 2015.

Boiling point: Strengthening corporate accountability in the tea industry

Human rights abuses are taking place on tea plantations across the globe, with workers suffering from unfair wages, inhumane living standards and poor health and safety conditions. This report demonstrates the need for greater action by leading tea companies to implement their commitments to the UNGPs, comply with emerging legal requirements and ensure worker welfare along their supply chains.

Unpacking clean energy: Human rights impacts of Chinese overseas investment in transition minerals

China plays a central role in the global transition to clean energy. This briefing analyses human rights allegations in Chinese overseas mineral mining and highlights the need for action to mitigate the growing risks of harm in Chinese investment.

Engagement, remedy & justice: Priorities for the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive from workers in the Global South

A briefing laying out key priorities for the EU's Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive based on workshops with workers, unions and labour rights advocates in Cambodia, India, Kenya and Uganda.

Human rights defenders & business in 2022: People challenging corporate power to protect our planet

Between January 2015 – March 2023, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre tracked more than 4,700 attacks against human rights defenders raising concerns about harmful business practice. In 2022 alone, we tracked 555 attacks, revealing that on average more than 10 defenders were attacked every single week for raising legitimate concerns about irresponsible business activity.

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