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26 Nov 2015

Teresa Fogelberg, Global Reporting Initiative

UN Forum Series Blog: Linking the UN Guiding Principles to global reporting practice: Proof of increasing human rights reporting

GRI recently looked at the 2014 and 2015 G4 sustainability reports in our Disclosure Database to find out how many companies reported on the 12 human rights indicators, four of which are directly based on the UN Guiding Principles...[A]lmost one third...of the companies reported on the issues of freedom of association, child labor, supplier human rights assessments, forced labor, and grievance mechanisms. One third of the reports include UNGP linked human rights indicators. The most frequently reported issue is Non-Discrimination (45%); the least reported is indigenous rights (17%). A quarter of all companies report that they train their employees on human rights policies or procedures. And 22% report that they have encountered significant actual human rights impacts in their supply chain and have taken action to remedy those impacts. Is the glass half empty or half full? I was myself pleasantly surprised by these numbers, and in particular by the disclosure of significant actual human rights impacts ‘on the ground’.