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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.

Switched off: Tech company opacity & Israel’s war on Gaza

We invited 115 technology companies operating in or providing services to the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Israel to respond to a survey on transparency and heightened human rights due diligence in the context of Israel's war on Gaza.

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2023 KnowTheChain Apparel & Footwear Benchmark

KnowTheChain's latest assessment of 65 of the biggest apparel and footwear companies' efforts to address supply chain forced labour reveals companies remained largely reactive to human rights violations rather than evidencing robust, embedded human rights and environmental due diligence practices designed to prevent abuse.

Renewable Energy & Human Rights Benchmark 2023

A rights-respecting renewable energy sector will be vital if we are to deliver a fast and fair energy transition. Our third global Renewable Energy & Human Rights Benchmark examines the human rights policies and practices of 28 of the largest wind and solar developers and manufacturers.

International Migrants Day: Global analysis 2023

Between December 1 2022 and November 30 2023, we recorded 613 human rights abuse allegations against migrant workers toiling in supply chains across the globe. Explore our data through this interactive webpage to see the types of threats migrant workers face, which industries benefit from abuse and which migration corridors are most dangerous for the workers who use them.

Guardians at risk: Confronting corporate abuse in Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the most dangerous regions in the world for human rights defenders. Our analysis of data on attacks against HRDs who raise concerns about business operations reveals the failure of governments in Latin America and the Caribbean to fulfil their duty to protect human rights and the insufficiency of voluntary corporate action to respect human rights.

Myanmar Garment Worker Allegations Tracker: Three years of military rule

1 February 2024 marks three years since the military takeover of Myanmar. Since then, we've recorded hundreds of attacks on garment workers’ human rights both in their workplaces and on the streets. We examine allegations of abuse tracked over the past year and responses from international buyers alongside testimony from workers.

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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    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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    Scrutinising migration surveillance: Human rights responsibilities of tech companies operating in MENA

    28 Sep 2022

    Digital surveillance tools are increasingly linked to allegations of human rights abuse in the context of border management and migration in the Middle East and North Africa. We analysed allegations and asked 24 tech companies which have allegedly produced or provided surveillance technologies to governments in the MENA region to respond to questions about their corporate transparency and human rights due diligence processes.

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