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2 Jun 2020

Briefings & Reports

This section contains annual, biannual, quarterly and regional bulletins published by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

Closing the gap: Evidence for effective human rights due diligence from five years measuring company efforts to address forced labour

Delays to the EU’s legislative proposal for mHREDD, which will signal a step-change for corporate human rights, must be used to ensure an ambitious standard is set with tangible impacts for workers. This report provides new evidence of the urgent need for voluntary action to be strengthened with robust regulatory requirements for companies to identify human rights risks and prevent abuse.

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Hearing the human: Ensuring due diligence legislation effectively amplifies the voices of those affected by irresponsible business

The EU’s Sustainable Corporate Governance Initiative offers an opportunity to prioritise environmental protection, human rights and long-term business sustainability, including the safety of human rights defenders. We discussed safe and effective engagement with over 60 HRDs.

Beyond social auditing: Key considerations for mandating effective due diligence

To realise its potential, the EU Sustainable Corporate Governance Initiative must drive action beyond the mechanical tick-box exercise which has characterised too many companies’ approaches to their duty of care to workers and communities. This briefing outlines starting points for mandating effective due diligence for policymakers and legislators.

Trouble brewing: the need for transparency in tea supply chains

Thirteen million workers who toil on tea plantations have suffered from endemic human rights abuses, while the tea companies they pick for have evaded responsibility for their supply chain workers. We reached out to 65 tea companies urging them to reveal where they source from and how they carry out due diligence.

Renewable Energy & Human Rights Benchmark 2021

A rights-respecting renewable energy will be vital if we are to deliver a fast and fair energy transition. This second global human rights benchmark examines the human rights policies of 15 of the largest wind and solar companies.

SLAPPed but not silenced: Defending human rights in the face of legal risks

First-ever global analysis of lawsuits which bear the hallmarks of SLAPPs brought or initiated by business actors reveals this tactic is used in every region of the world to intimidate people into silence.

Checked Out: Migrant worker abuse in Qatar's World Cup luxury hotels

Fishers in this multi-billion dollar industry face some of the worst abuses encountered in any sector, anywhere. Our survey of 35 canned tuna companies and supermarkets sourcing from the Pacific region found glacial progress on actions which really matter to workers trapped in modern slavery.

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