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.

2023 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

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  1. Publication of the 2017, 2018 and 2019 iterations of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark


  2. First consultation for our methodology review

    May–July 2020

  3. Publication of the fourth Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

    November 2020

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

    February 2021

  5. Second consultation for our methodology review

    May–June 2021

  6. Publication of our updated methodology

    September 2021

  7. 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

  8. Publication of the fifth iteration of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, assessing the apparel and extractives sectors

    November 2023

Our research

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.


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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.

Namit Agarwal

Social Transformation Lead

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