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6 Mar 2024

International Service for Human Rights

New indicators on how to track the impact of business on human rights defenders

"Indicators on how to track businesses' respect of the rights of human rights defenders", 27 February 2024

... Over the last few years, there has been an increasing articulation of the responsibility of businesses to respect and promote civic freedoms and the rights of Human Rights Defenders.  Some recent examples of these efforts include the 2023 Unilever human rights policy and implementation guide and the BHRRC Human Rights Defender Policy Tracker.

In this same spirit, ISHR is launching a set of Indicators on Business and Human Rights that cover the following areas:

  • Zero tolerance on intimidation, attacks and threats against HRDs
  • Human rights due diligence
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Access to remedy/grievance mechanisms
  • Support for civic freedoms
  • Requirements for business partners and suppliers to have similar commitments

The indicators come in list and poster form. ISHR has also produced a 'snapshot' of the UN Working Group's Guidance on ensuring respect for human rights defenders, in the form of an explainer, available in multiple languages...