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11 Feb 2021

World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA),
Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB)

World Benchmarking Alliance & CHRB study shows most companies have failed to adequately manage human rights risks & impacts of COVID-19

"COVID-19 and human rights study", 11 February 2021

... [T]he World Benchmarking Alliance decided to supplement the 2020 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark [CHRB] assessment with a separate study, which considers how the same 229 companies have been impacted by, and have responded to, the increased human right risks and impacts associated with the COVID-19 crisis...

KEY FINDING 1: Broad adoption of some measures and leading practices by a few companies show that a good response to the pandemic is possible

KEY FINDING 2: Whilst some companies took steps to protect their workers, most still need to respond to COVID-19 human rights risks and impacts beyond their four walls.

KEY FINDING 3: The majority of companies do not take particular account of human rights risks faced by vulnerable workers and local communities.

KEY FINDING 4: Too many companies failed to demonstrate responsible purchasing decisions to mitigate the negative impacts on workers in supply chains.

KEY FINDING 5: Companies must tackle the issue of workers’ livelihoods.

KEY FINDING 6: Having effective human rights due diligence processes in place leads to better responses to the COVID crisis...