Out Now: 2019 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark
The 2019 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB – a part of the World Benchmarking Alliance) – shows how most companies in the apparel, food & beverage, extractive and tech manufacture sectors are failing to meet basic corporate human rights expectations.
CHRB measures how companies perform across 100 indicators based on the UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs) on Human Rights. It uses publicly available information on issues such as forced labour, protecting human rights activists and the living wage to give companies a maximum possible score of up to 100%.
While some leading companies have improved significantly, more than half of those assessed are failing to demonstrate they are meeting any of the UNGP’s basic requirements on human rights due diligence.
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CHRB claims Amazon, Costco & Starbucks amongst the worst at identifying and addressing human rights issues
Author: Jennifer Thompson, Financial Times
"Starbucks, Amazon and Costco rapped for weak human rights disclosure", 14 November 2019
Many of the world’s biggest listed companies including Amazon, LVMH and Qualcomm are not transparent in how they identify and address human rights issues in their business and supply chains, according to the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark...about half of 200 groups it analysed failed to show…evidence…that they are identifying and addressing human rights issues.
Amongst the worst…, Starbucks...[and]...Costco. [Neither] respond[ed]to requests for comments.
[Norway’s] $1tn oil fund said it was selling shares in G4S over…alleged human rights violations in the Middle East. G4S said it had made “progress on our action plan to reinforce high standards…in employment recruitment and welfare…in the Middle East”.
[S]hareholder resolutions…this year included a proposal that Macy’s report on how [it] identifies human rights risks. Aviva Investors…withheld support at 40 companies...to signify displeasure at lowly CHRB rankings.
Top performers include Adidas, Rio Tinto and Unilever...[but] one in five companies included since 2017 have failed to significantly improve.
...[Amazon] said the CHRB score did not reflect its position on human rights, “[we] are committed to ensuring the people, workers, and communities that support our entire value chain are treated with fundamental dignity”
...Starbucks also disputed the CHRB's assessment, adding it has…“zero tolerance for human rights abuses…”.
...LVMH…and Qualcomm…did not respond to requests for comment.