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11 Dec 2013

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[PDF] Annex: Company responses and non-responses regarding human rights allegations in the Middle East & North Africa region, and regarding the actions of Middle East companies overseas

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To date the Resource Centre has made 147 approaches to companies operating in the Middle East and North Africa – this includes companies headquartered outside the region, and those headquartered within it including for concerns about their activities overseas). The overall response rate is 67% (98 responded). From companies headquartered in the Middle East and North Africa the response rate is 58%% (26 out of 45 approaches). For companies headquartered outside the Middle East and North Africa regarding allegations of abuses within the region, the response rate is 71% (72 out of 102 approaches). The two charts below provide details of all these approaches. Sector breakdown: The business sectors contacted most often for a response to a human rights concern (nine times or more), from highest to lowest, were technology and internet firms (31 approaches for a response to a human rights concern); media & public relations (16); clothing & textile (16); extractives (13); transport (11); construction (10); private security (9). [details of each approach follow]