Renewable Energy & Human Rights Benchmark Endorsements
"This report is timely in the light of widespread human rights violations in the development and implementation of renewable energy projects. I hope this report will stir more attention and action by companies and investors on the need to respect and protect human rights in the just transition to renewable energy. Partnerships with indigenous peoples along this line will finally become a turning point in the long history of land and resource grab."
Joan Carling, Co-convenor of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development and member of our Advisory Committee.
"This benchmark underscores the need to build just and equitable solutions in response to the climate crisis. Without respect for human rights, the renewable energy industry risks repeating the abusive practices of the fossil fuel industry, and failing to deliver an urgently-needed fast and fair transition to a net-zero carbon economy."
Mark Lynas, Author, Journalist and Environmental Activist.
"The urgent transition to an economy that is zero carbon and protects biodiversity must be both fast and fair to urgently address the climate crisis in a sustainable, equitable way. We welcome this contribution from the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre to a needed debate as we rapidly deliver 100% renewable energy for all. All companies must deliver human rights due diligence if they are to avoid their loss of social license to operate."
Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director, Greenpeace International.
"We are pleased to support the new Renewable Energy & Human Rights Benchmark. As investors we need a sustainable and just renewable energy sector that is based on respect for human rights of Indigenous communities and minimizing its environmental impacts."
Steven Heim, Director of ESG Research, Boston Common Asset Management and member of the Advisory Committee.
"Clean energy is part of people’s hope for a sustainable future. This benchmark highlights concerns of trade unions in renewable energy - the rights of workers and their communities must not be bypassed in the design and implementation of projects. The world desperately needs a fast and just transition to net-zero economies. This will only happen if renewable energy companies recognise that workers and communities must prosper in this industry, alongside the shareholders and executives. A new social contract is needed, with human rights at its centre."
Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation.
"The benchmark report findings is an urgent wakeup call to the entire renewable energy sector that needs to embrace and implement Human Rights Due Diligence as defined by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Clean energy must be produced in a way that respects the rights of individuals and communities and provides remedy for those negatively impacted. Investors will be using this report to engage companies to begin this critical journey."
"As investors addressing the climate crisis and engaging companies on the importance of shifting to a clean energy economy, we are increasingly focused on the need for a Just Transition. The Renewable Energy & Human Rights Benchmark supplies the framework needed by investors to measure what respect for human rights and meaningful community engagement looks like for an industry critically important to the building of the new energy economy."
Christina Herman, Climate Change Program Director, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility.
"We are delighted to see the application of the CHRB methodology to the renewable energy sector. This first benchmark makes clear that clean power does not mean clean conscience, and the World Benchmarking Alliance advises companies to act on the Resource Centre's new recommendations in order to address the sector’s human rights risks."
Dan Neale, Social Transformation Lead, World Benchmarking Alliance.
"A lack of respect for human rights in the renewable energy industry will undermine the urgent transition to net-zero carbon that we need in order to address the climate crisis. This first Renewable Energy & Human Rights benchmark provides a clear route forward for companies, governments, civil society and investors."