Corporate Human Rights Benchmark
Preventing adverse impacts on workers, communities and consumers is one of the most pressing challenges almost every company faces. We seek to tap into the competitive nature of the market as a powerful driver for change in confronting this challenge.
Business can create jobs and secure livelihoods, provide products and services, support community development and provide tax revenue for the state to invest in the well-being of its people.
Yet, without a sound commitment to human rights and implementation through due diligence, jobs can be precarious with poverty wages, indigenous peoples can be dispossessed of their ancestral lands and individuals can be subjected to modern day slavery, amongst a range of other potential impacts.
The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) provides a comparative snapshot of the largest and most influential companies in high-risk sectors, looking at the policies, processes, and practices they have in place to systematise their human rights approach and how they respond to serious allegations. This is a public good for all stakeholders.
Publication of the 2017, 2018 and 2019 iterations of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark
First consultation for our methodology review
Publication of the fourth Corporate Human Rights Benchmark
Publication of the COVID-19 and human rights study
Second consultation for our methodology review
Publication of our updated methodology
Publication of the fifth iteration of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, assessing the automotive manufacturing, ICT manufacturing and food and agriculture sectors
21 November 2022
Publication of the fifth iteration of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, assessing the apparel and extractives sectors
Research and data is provided to the CHRB by:
- The EIRIS Foundation, who conduct the desk-based research for the CHRB. As a charity the Foundation has over 30 years of experience providing free and objective information on ethical finance and corporate activity to the public.
- RepRisk – a leading business intelligence provider, specialising in environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk analytics and metrics. RepRisk provides environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk metrics and analytics for the CHRB serious allegations assessments.
- Vigeo Eiris – a global provider of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research to investors and public and private corporates. Vigeo Eiris provides the task group of analysts to carry out the data collection and assessment according to the 2016 CHRB Pilot Methodology.
- The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, who provide company response information from their database for the CHRB serious allegations assessements.
As we build our work we continue to engage with stakeholders across the globe through targeted communications with key organisations and representatives. We also encourage meaningful and constructive feedback.