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Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Key Findings Report 2018

Since its inception, the CHRB has been aiming to answer a deceptively simple question; which companies perform best on human rights issues? [...] [T]his document [...] rank[s] 101 of the world’s largest companies in high human-rights-risk sectors and provides a snapshot of their human rights performance. The overall picture is deeply concerning; most companies score poorly on the Benchmark, indicating weak implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights... A quarter of companies score less than 10% [...] and an alarming amount of companies score no points for human rights due diligence. This should provide food for thought for governments considering the role of legislation in business and human rights... But there are positive signs as well. Better scoring companies are a minority, but they do exist. They demonstrate that integrating respect for human rights is neither impossible, nor detrimental, to the business model. They also show more willingness to discuss policies-in-action and the challenges they face... The CHRB recognises that implementing respect for human rights is a journey and we have been pleased to see significant score improvements from companies... This Key Findings Report [...] provide[s] [...] a high-level assessment of the maturity of corporate respect for human rights...

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