List of large businesses, associations & investors with public statements & endorsements in support of human rights due diligence regulation

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Published on: 6 June 2019

Large businesses (>1 bn € turnover) and associations with public statements and endorsements in support of mandatory human rights due diligence (non-comprehensive list), last updated 2 June 2020

This chart is part of our Mandatory Due Diligence portal.

Company (Country)

Employees

Annual turnover (bn €)

Recent source

Refers to discussions in…

Joint Statements/Campaigns1

Joint company letter

29 Dutch companies2

Letter of support, 03/10/17

Netherlands

Joint company and NGO campaign

>100 Finnish companies, NGOs and trade unions

Campaign support,
24/09/18 (ongoing)

Finland

Joint company statement

3 of the world's largest cocoa companies plus Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance and VOICE

Joint statement, 02/12/19

EU

Joint company statement 61 companies from/with business in Germany plus 2 investor working groups Joint statement, 09/12/19 (ongoing) GermanyEU
Alliance for the Preservation of Forests  8 companies Statement, 26/05/20 EU

Automotive

BMW (DE)

134'600

97.5

Wirtschaftswoche, 08/03/19

Germany

Daimler (DE)

298'700

167.4

Tagesschau.de, 24/05/19

Germany

 Banking & Finance

Rabobank (NL)2

41'900

 

Letter of support, 03/10/17

Netherlands

Sampo Group (FIN)

10'000

 

Campaign support

Finland

Food

Barry Callebaut (CH)

11'500

6

Twitter, 27/03/19, position paper, 02/12/19

EU

Coca-Cola Suomi (FIN)3

 

 

Campaign support

Finland

Danone (FR)

105'800

24.7

SPIEGEL+, 07/06/19

Germany, France

Fazer (FIN)

15'700

1.6

Campaign support

Finland

Ferrero (LUX)

31'748

10.7

Statement in TV news segment, 13/01/20

EU

Heineken (NL)2

85'600

22.5

Letter of support, 03/10/17

Netherlands

Mars (USA)

80'000

31.4

LinkedIn, 12/03/19, position paper, 02/12/19

EU, general

Mondelez (USA)

80'000

23.3

EURACTIV, 19/03/19, position paper, 02/12/19

EU

Nestlé (CH)

308'000 

83.2

Response to BHRRC, 12/09/19, Twitter, 02/12/19, joint statement, 09/12/19, company website

Switzerland, GermanyEU, general

PepsiCo (USA)

267'000

58.9

Shift report, 11/19

General

The Hershey Company (USA)

16'420

7

The Washington Post, 31/12/19, company website

EU, USA

Forestry

Stora Enso (FIN)

26'000

10.5

Campaign support

Finland

Fragrance & Flavours

Firmenich (CH)

7'700

3.3

Sustainability Report, 10/18

Switzerland

Symrise (DE)

9'647

3.2

Joint statement, 09/12/19

Germany, EU

Pharma

Novo Nordisk (DK)

42'600

15

Børsen, 19/03/19

Denmark

Retail

H&M (SE)

123'283

20

Shift report, 11/19

EU, general

IKEA (SE)

208'000

38.8

UN Forum on BHR, 28/11/18

Switzerland

Kesko (FIN)

23'000

10.4

Campaign support

Finland

KiK (DE)

26'900

2

Company website

GermanyEU

Migros (CH)

105'000

25.3

Tages-Anzeiger, 12/03/19

Switzerland

PLUS Retail (NL)2

 

2.4

Letter of support, 03/10/17

Netherlands

Primark (IRE)

70'000

9

Joint statement, 09/01/20, ZEIT ONLINE, 13/01/20

GermanyEU

REWE Group (DE)

360'315

61.2

Press release, 19/12/19

General

S Group (FIN)

40'700

11.5

Campaign support

Finland

Tchibo (DE)

12'000

3.2

Welt-Sichten, 08/05/19, position paper, 12/19

Germany

Rubber

Halcyon Agri (SIN) 17'000 2 Twitter, 04/02/20 EU

Technology

Dormakaba (CH) 16'000 2.5 Twitter, 13/06/19, Twitter, 16/12/19 Switzerland
Ericsson (SE) 95'359 20 Response to Swedish Agenda 2030 delegations report, 05/19 General

Trading

Cargill Cocoa & Chocolate (NL)2/3

 

 

Letter of support, 03/10/17

Netherlands

Mercuria (CH)

1'000

109.5

Company website, 23/11/17

Switzerland

Trafigura (CH)

4'300

162.2

Twitter, 12/06/19

Switzerland

Wihuri Group (FIN)

5'000

1.8

Campaign support

Finland

Transport

Hapag-Lloyd (DE)

12'900

11.5

Joint statement, 09/12/19

Germany, EU

Business Associations

Amfori

>2300 member companies

Conference publication, 02/12/19

EU

European Cocoa Association

27 effective member companies

Position paper, 12/19

EU

MVO Nederland (NL)

2000 member companies

Statement on website, 29/04/20

Netherlands

Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NO)

>25'600 member companies

Statement on website, 05/12/19

Norway

Virke (NO)

>21'000 member companies

Dagens Næringsliv, 27/11/19 Norway

Fédération des Entreprises Romandes Genève - FER (CH)

Business association of Geneva

Letter of support, 27/05/20 Switzerland

Fial (CH)

Umbrella association of 12 food industry associations

Tages-Anzeiger, 16/05/20 Switzerland

Groupement des Entreprises Multinationales - GEM (CH)

90 multinational companies each with >100 million Swiss francs of turnover

Press release, 15/06/19, letter of support, 27/05/20 Switzerland

Handel Schweiz/Swiss Trade (CH)

Umrella of 33 trade associations with 4000 member companies

Letter of support, 27/05/20

Switzerland

IG Detailhandel Schweiz (CH)

3 major Swiss retailers (Coop, Migros, Denner)

Letter of support, 27/05/20

Switzerland

SWICO (CH)

600 companies in the ICT sector

Letter of support, 27/05/20

Switzerland

Swiss Retail Federation (CH)

38 retail companies

24 heures, 17/12/19, letter of support, 27/05/20

Switzerland

Swiss Textiles (CH)

200 textile companies

Press release, 26/09/19, letter of support, 27/05/20

Switzerland

Investors

Forum pour l’Investissement Responsable - FIR (FR) 65 investors, insurance companies, banks, advisors and other stakeholders Position paper, 17/11/15 France

Investor Alliance for Human Rights

105 institutional investors with 5 trillion US dollars in assets under management (ongoing)

Investor statement

General

Investor statement

27 institutional investors

Investor statement, 16/12/19 Switzerland

Companies with >1 bn € turnover were also listed separately.

This statement relates to the adopted Dutch law that focuses on child labour, all other statements are on mandatory human rights due diligence with a general scope.

3 Company belongs to a larger global group with >1 bn € turnover

All data without guarantee

Related companies: "S Group" Barry Callebaut BMW Cargill Coca-Cola Finland Daimler Danone Dormakaba Ericsson Fazer Group Ferrero Firmenich Hapag-Lloyd Group Heineken Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) Hershey IKEA Kesko KiK Mars Mercuria Energy Migros Mondelēz International Nestlé Nestlé Netherlands Novo Nordisk (part of Novo Group) PepsiCo Plus Primark (part of Associated British Foods) Rabobank REWE-Group Sampo Group Stora Enso Symrise Tchibo Trafigura Beheer Wihuri Group