Business & human rights in the chemical industry

An assessment of company responses to human rights issues

January 2018

This briefing provides a snapshot overview of allegations of human rights abuses brought against companies in the chemical industry. It was developed in collaboration with the UN Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, Baskut Tuncak. Based on data collected by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre between 2012 and 2017, publicly available information and information about current regulatory frameworks and industry initiatives, it aims to provide an insight into some of the core human rights challenges and opportunities for the industry. It shows that while there are positive steps, such as regulations at the global level, industry-wide initiatives, and individual company actions, the industry bears great potential for improved and holistic approach to human rights.

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