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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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    How do UK trade agreements measure up on human rights?

    2 Feb 2023

    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.

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    Berry industry blues: Labour rights in Mexico's supply chains

    25 Jan 2023

    Mexico's multi-million-dollar berry export industry is powered by the labour of agricultural migrant workers. We interviewed workers and reached out to key companies in the sector to find out about their human rights due diligence processes: the results revealed widespread failure to address discrimination, precarious working arrangements, and dangerous working and living conditions in opaque supply chains.

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    2022 KnowTheChain ICT Benchmark

    10 Jan 2023

    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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    Damaging data: Corporate due diligence and reproductive rights

    6 Dec 2022

    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 analyzed responses from 14 technology and finance companies on the steps they are taking to assess and mitigate these risks.

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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.

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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.

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