Systems to protect workers remain scarce despite increasing human rights commitments, finds report on 600 US cos' sustainability progress

Author: Ceres, Inc., Published on: 7 March 2018

TURNING POINT: Corporate Progress on the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability is Ceres' third assessment of corporate progress against key expectations of The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability. Using data provided by Vigeo Eiris, the report offers valuable insight for companies, investors, and advocates into how more than 600 of the largest publicly traded companies in the United States are positioned to address critical sustainability issues such as [...] human rights abuses.

Human rights commitments increase — but systems to protect workers remain scarce

[...] A growing number of companies are formalizing commitments to protect the basic human rights of workers across their global supply chains. Surprisingly, these companies do not always extend the same protections to employees within their own corporate walls, nor do they put in place systems needed to ensure those commitments translate into action.

  • 67 percent of human rights policies explicitly prohibit the use of forced and child labor;
  • 49 percent have formal policies protecting the human rights of direct employees[, but j]ust 47 percent of [those] have basic systems in place to ensure those policies are carried out, and only 15 percent conduct human rights impact assessments of operations and global supply chains.

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