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10 Mar 2017

Verisk Maplecroft

Verisk Maplecroft sets out 10 human rights issues impacting business in 2017

"US migrant clampdown, land grabs and slavery blind spots among top human rights risks for business – Verisk Maplecroft", 9 Mar 2017

The Human Rights Outlook 2017 draws on Verisk Maplecroft’s portfolio of global human rights data and its interactions with multinational companies to assess the top 10 human rights issues impacting business in the year ahead. A major theme of the report is that human rights risks are now surfacing closer to home for Western companies just as legislation strengthens and scrutiny of business practices increases. 

Verisk Maplecroft’s key risks to watch in 2017

  • Undocumented migrant labourers in the US will become more vulnerable to human rights abuses due to White House immigration policies that will push them ‘under the radar’
  • With a focus on production and processing, companies are susceptible to modern slavery ‘blind spots’ in areas such as shipping, cleaning, catering and security
  • Banks and funds financing land deals in emerging markets are running an increased risk of becoming implicated in ‘land grabs’ and forced evictions
  • New mandatory reporting requirements on modern slavery and supply chain due diligence are significantly raising the compliance stakes for business