Using the Company & Government Platforms to reveal action on business & human rights

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Briefing:

"Action on business & human rights: Where are we now? - Key findings from our Action Platforms"

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Key findings:

Momentum on National Action Plans and human rights policies: 4 governments completed, 10 in process, more than a dozen committed to or considering developing NAPs; 34 of the world's largest 50 companies now have a publicly-available policy statement on human rights.


Need for joint action:
There is a clear need for stronger coordination within governments as well as across government and business to protect vulnerable people. While some governments cited opposition by economic interests as an obstacle, companies highlighted a lack of willingness from governments.

The Government Action Platform was made possible by a grant from the United Kingdom Foreign & Commonwealth Office. The Company Action Platform was made possible by a grant from by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, supported by GIZ.

 

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23 December 2015

Commentary: "This Holiday Season, Find Out What Your Favorite Brands are Doing on Human Rights"

Author: Michael Kourabas, Triple Pundit

Last week, the Business & Human Rights Resource Center (BHRRC) shared a helpful instructional video on how to use its new Company Action Platform (the Platform), which measures company action on human rights. Coming shortly before Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the video serves as a useful reminder of how consumers can take a hard look at what — if any — progress their favorite brands have made toward ensuring respect for human rights...Finding out whether and to what extent a company responded to BHRRC’s survey is easy, and consumers should leverage this information when making purchasing decisions...It may seem like there is little consumers can do about what happens inside a company; however, thanks to tools like the BHRRC platform (and others, like Sustainable Brands or Oxfam’s “Behind the Brands” campaign), we can take the time to find out which companies have demonstrated a respect for human rights and then factor that information into our purchasing decisions.  The Holiday Season is a good time to start...

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23 March 2015

Commentary: From corporate transparency to accountability: 3 strategies for civil society

Author: Eniko Horvath, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, on Oxfam's From Poverty to Power blog

Two new tools offer transparency around government & company actions on business & human rights - read on to see how civil society can use them to strengthen corporate accountability.

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4 March 2015

Commentary: Are Governments in a "Leap-Frog Race" on Business and Human Rights?

Author: Eniko Horvath, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, on Huffington Post (UK)

Three and a half years after the UN Human Rights Council's endorsement of the Guiding Principles, only four governments have National Action Plans in which they set out a coherent policy strategy for business and human rights. Two thirds of the governments we spoke to cited challenges in coordinating business and human rights actions across government departments as well as a lack of awareness about the field. Despite this seemingly slow progress, I am optimistic about the growing momentum among governments around the world to protect human rights from business impacts...When we recently contacted over 100 governments with questions on their actions on business and human rights, more than a dozen said that they are considering or developing a National Action Plan, including Brazil, Germany and the US...National Action Plans can be a useful first step for governments to clearly align and communicate priorities, but plans must be paired with effective follow-through including continuous dialogue with civil society and affected stakeholders. This will make the difference between a "leap frog race" of commitments and one that delivers change.

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4 March 2015

Commentary: Shedding light on human rights: do businesses stand up to scrutiny?

Author: Annabel Short, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, on Guardian (UK)

Today the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre is launching a “Company action platform” that illustrates the many forms this action is taking – from Tesco’s efforts to help tackle forced labour in the Thai fishing industry down its supply chain, to Brazilian mining company Vale’s creation of an ombudsman’s office to receive human rights complaints.Too many companies are still barely engaging, however. Competition for natural resources is intensifying. Conflicts over working conditions and land use are likely to increase. In this context it is essential that a critical mass of companies takes human rights seriously, rather than considering them a nice to have addition to corporate responsibility programmes...

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27 February 2015

Commentary: Business & human rights field "lurching into action", says Amol Mehra of ICAR

Author: Amol Mehra & Erica Embree, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, on Huffington Post Blog

"Rankings, Benchmarks, Reporting and More: Motivating Action on Business and Human Rights", 26 Feb 2015

Civil society groups, investors and even some companies and governments, have recognized that change was, at best, too slow, and they have engaged in myriad efforts to motivate action regarding business' respect for human rights. From rankings, benchmarks, reporting and more, the drumbeat of integrating human rights into government and company action is getting too loud to ignore. The following snapshots highlight some promising advancements...[Refers to Oxfam Behind the Brands, Ranking Digital Rights, Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre's Company & Government Action Platforms, Shift & Mazars' UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework, ICAR & Danish Institute for Human Rights toolkit on National Action Plans, ICAR & European Coalition for Corporate Justice's analysis of existing National Action Plans.]

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25 February 2015

New Platform Sheds Lights on Multinationals and Human Rights

Author: Leon Kaye, TriplePundit

Business and Human Rights Business Center, a United Kingdom-based independent NGO, today released a new interactive platform that sheds more light on the effects multinationals and governments have on human rights....Business and Human Rights Resource Center claims that the data it has culled can give companies and government agencies an idea of how to strengthen human rights policies that can boost transparency and improve a company’s reputation in the long run.

 

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25 February 2015

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