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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.

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

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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.

Business and human rights defenders in Asia-Pacific

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 Asia-Pacific often experience high levels of risk and strong backlash. We explore the risks and challenges faced by HRDs raising concerns about business operations in Asia-Pacific.

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

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.

Forced labour risks, remedy and changing regulation: KnowTheChain investor briefing

The risk of forced labour in global supply chains remains one of the most significant human rights issues for companies – and their investors – worldwide. Despite this, KnowTheChain data indicates major companies in high-risk sectors like apparel and footwear, ICT, and food and beverage are failing to identify risks and remediate forced labour in their supply chains. We set out recommendations for investors to play a critical role in interrogating human rights due diligence efforts and companies’ attempts to remediate forced labour.

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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