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 benchmark provides a comparative snapshot year-on-year of the largest companies on the planet, 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.

The ultimate aim of the benchmark will be achieved incrementally by adding new industries and companies over time.

2020 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

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  1. First consultation for our methodology review

    May – July 2020

  2. Publication of the fourth Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

    November 2020

  3. Publication of the COVID-19 and human rights study

    February 2021

  4. Second consultation for our methodology review

    May – June 2021

  5. Publication of our updated methodology

    August 2021

  6. Publication of the fifth Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

    April – June 2022

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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.

Camille Le Pors

Lead Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

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