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 11 February 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,
24/09/2018 (ongoing)

Finland

Joint company statement

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

Joint statement, 02/12/2019

EU

Joint company statement 50 companies from/with business in Germany plus 1 investor working group Joint statement, 09/12/2019 (ongoing) GermanyEU

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 (IT)

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 statement09/12/19

Switzerland, GermanyEU, general

PepsiCo (USA)

267'000

58.9

Shift report, 11/19

General

The Hershey Company (USA)

16'420

7

The Washington Post, 31/12/2019 

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 (UK)

70'000

9

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

GermanyEU

REWE Group (DE)

360'315

61.2

Press release, 19/12/2019

General

S Group (FIN)

40'700

11.5

Campaign support

Finland

Tchibo (DE)

12'000

3.2

Welt-Sichten, 08/05/19

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

Groupement des Entreprises Multinationales – GEM (CH)

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

Press release, 15/06/19

Switzerland

Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NO)

>25'600 member companies

Statement on website, 05/12/19

Norway

Swiss Retail Federation (CH)

38 retail companies

24 heures, 17/12/19

Switzerland

Swiss Textiles (CH)

200 textile companies

Press release, 26/09/19

Switzerland

Virke (NO) >21'000 member companies Dagens Næringsliv, 27/11/19

Norway

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

>60 institutional investors so far (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 H&M Hapag-Lloyd Group Heineken 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