Measuring 230 global companies on their human rights performance

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed and exacerbated systemic weaknesses, inequalities and unacceptable practices throughout global value chains. With only ten years to go to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is clear, more than ever, that urgent change is needed if we are to realise the ambitions of the 2030 agenda.

Against this backdrop, the 2020 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark assesses the human rights disclosures of 230 global companies across five sectors identified as presenting a high risk of negative human rights impacts. These sectors are agricultural products, apparel, extractives, ICT manufacturing and, for the first time, automotive manufacturing.

Key findings

The results show that there has been progress on previous years. A number of companies are meeting the fundamental expectations of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), with strong commitments and rigorous procedures in place. However, two significant challenges have emerged.

The first is that only a minority of companies demonstrate the willingness and commitment to take human rights seriously. The second challenge is arguably more pernicious and relates to the disconnect between commitments and processes on the one hand and actual performance and results on the other. If we are to achieve the SDGs by 2030, we need to ensure that strong commitments and management systems deliver their intended effects. Additionally, we need all companies to participate in this effort and to place people and planet above the pursuit of profit at all cost.

Key finding

The automotive sector is the worst performing ever in the CHRB

The average score for automotive companies is 12%, the lowest score ever for a CHRB-benchmarked sector. Two thirds of the companies scored 0 across all human rights due diligence indicators. These poor results suggest implementation of the UNGPs is weak across the sector.

Key finding

Too many companies are failing to meet investor expectations on human rights due diligence

In March 176 international investors sent a letter to the 95 companies that failed to score any points on the human rights due diligence indicators, calling for urgent improvement. Of those 95 companies, 79 continue to score 0 on human rights due diligence.

Key finding

A just transition is undermined by a disconnect between human rights and climate issues

The automotive companies included in the 2020 CHRB were also assessed by the Climate and Energy Benchmark. When comparing both assessments, almost no correlation could be found between a company’s relative performance on either benchmark. In the coming decades, emissions-intensive sectors, such as automotive, face the major challenge of shifting to a net zero-carbon economy while upholding the central promise of the SDGs to leave no one behind.

Key findings report

In the key findings report we give a detailed briefing on the 2020 results. Find the key findings, overall results, the results by industry and more.

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The 230 most influential companies

In agricultural products, apparel, automotive manufacturing, extractives and ICT manufacturing.

Locations

  • Title: TE Connectivity
    Place: Switzerland
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  • Title: Teck Resources
    Place: Canada
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  • Title: Tesco
    Place: United Kingdom
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  • Title: Tesla
    Place: United States of America
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  • Title: Texas Instruments
    Place: United States of America
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  • Title: Coca-Cola Company
    Place: United States of America
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  • Title: Gap Inc.
    Place: United States of America
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  • Title: The Hershey Company
    Place: United States of America
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  • Title: The TJX Companies
    Place: United States of America
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  • Title: Tokyo Electron
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: Total
    Place: France
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  • Title: Toyota Motor Corporation
    Place: Japan
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  • Title: Tyson Foods
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: UltraTech Cement
    Place: India
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  • Title: Under Armour
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Unilever
    Place: United Kingdom
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  • Title: VF Corporation
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Volkswagen
    Place: Germany
    Description:
  • Title: Vulcan Materials Company
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Walmart
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Wesfarmers
    Place: Australia
    Description:
  • Title: Western Digital
    Place: United States of America
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  • Title: Wilmar International
    Place: Singapore
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  • Title: Woodside Petroleum
    Place: Australia
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  • Title: Woolworths Group
    Place: Australia
    Description:
  • Title: Yili Group
    Place: China
    Description:
  • Title: Youngor Group
    Place: China
    Description:
  • Title: Yum! Brands
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Zhejiang Semir Garment
    Place: China
    Description:
  • Title: POSCO
    Place: South Korea
    Description:
  • Title: Pou Chen Corporation
    Place: Taiwan, China
    Description:
  • Title: Prada
    Place: Italy
    Description:
  • Title: PTT
    Place: Thailand
    Description:
  • Title: Puma
    Place: Germany
    Description:
  • Title: PVH Corporation
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Qualcomm
    Place: United States of America
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  • Title: Ralph Lauren Corporation
    Place: United States of America
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  • Title: Renault
    Place: France
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  • Title: Repsol
    Place: Spain
    Description:
  • Title: Rio Tinto
    Place: United Kingdom
    Description:
  • Title: Rosneft
    Place: Russia
    Description:
  • Title: Ross Stores
    Place: United States of America
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  • Title: Royal Dutch Shell
    Place: Netherlands
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  • Title: SAIC Motor
    Place: China
    Description:
  • Title: Salvatore Ferragamo
    Place: Italy
    Description:
  • Title: Samsung Electronics
    Place: South Korea
    Description:
  • Title: Sasol
    Place: South Africa
    Description:
  • Title: Saudi Aramco
    Place: Saudi Arabia
    Description:
  • Title: Seven & I Holdings
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: Severstal
    Place: Russia
    Description:
  • Title: Shenzhou International
    Place: China
    Description:
  • Title: Shoprite Holdings
    Place: South Africa
    Description:
  • Title: Siam Cement (SCG)
    Place: Thailand
    Description:
  • Title: SK Hynix
    Place: South Korea
    Description:
  • Title: Skechers
    Place: United States of America
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  • Title: Skyworks Solutions
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: SONY
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: Starbucks
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Subaru
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: Suncor Energy 
    Place: Canada
    Description:
  • Title: Suntory Beverage & Food
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: Surgutneftegaz
    Place: Russia
    Description:
  • Title: Suzuki Motor Corporation
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: Sysco
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: TSMC
    Place: Taiwan, China
    Description:
  • Title: Tapestry
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Target Corporation
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Tata Motors
    Place: India
    Description:
  • Title: Tatneft
    Place: Russia
    Description:
  • Title: LafargeHolcim
    Place: Switzerland
    Description:
  • Title: Lam Research
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Largan Precision
    Place: Taiwan, China
    Description:
  • Title: Lindt & Sprüngli
    Place: Switzerland
    Description:
  • Title: LPP
    Place: Poland
    Description:
  • Title: Lukoil
    Place: Russia
    Description:
  • Title: Lululemon Athletica
    Place: Canada
    Description:
  • Title: LVMH Moet Hennessy - Louis Vuitton
    Place: France
    Description:
  • Title: Macy's
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Mahindra and Mahindra
    Place: India
    Description:
  • Title: Marathon Oil
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Marks & Spencer
    Place: United Kingdom
    Description:
  • Title: Mazda Motor Corporation
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: McCormick
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: McDonald's
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Microchip Technology
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Micron Technology
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Microsoft
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: Mondelez International
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Monster Beverage
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Mr. Price
    Place: South Africa
    Description:
  • Title: Murata Manufacturing
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: Nestle
    Place: Switzerland
    Description:
  • Title: Newmont Corporation
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Next
    Place: United Kingdom
    Description:
  • Title: Nike
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Nintendo
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: Nippon Steel Corporation
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: Nissan Motor Company
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: Nokia
    Place: Finland
    Description:
  • Title: Nordstrom
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Nornickel
    Place: Russia
    Description:
  • Title: Novolipetsk Steel
    Place: Russia
    Description:
  • Title: Nvidia
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: NXP Semiconductors
    Place: Netherlands
    Description:
  • Title: Occidental Petroleum
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)
    Place: India
    Description:
  • Title: OMV
    Place: Austria
    Description:
  • Title: Page Industries
    Place: India
    Description:
  • Title: Panasonic Corporation
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: PepsiCo
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Pernod Ricard
    Place: France
    Description:
  • Title: Petroleo Brasileiro (Petrobras)
    Place: Brazil
    Description:
  • Title: PetroChina
    Place: China
    Description:
  • Title: Phillips 66
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Ford
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Freeport-McMoRan
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Gazprom
    Place: Russia
    Description:
  • Title: Geely
    Place: China
    Description:
  • Title: General Mills
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: General Motors Corporation (GM)
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: George Weston (Weston Foods & Loblaw)
    Place: Canada
    Description:
  • Title: Gildan Activewear
    Place: Canada
    Description:
  • Title: Glencore
    Place: Switzerland
    Description:
  • Title: Great Wall Motor Company
    Place: China
    Description:
  • Title: Groupe PSA
    Place: France
    Description:
  • Title: Grupo Mexico
    Place: Mexico
    Description:
  • Title: Guangzhou Automobile Group
    Place: China
    Description:
  • Title: Hanesbrands
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: HeidelbergCement
    Place: Germany
    Description:
  • Title: Heilan Group
    Place: China
    Description:
  • Title: Heineken
    Place: Netherlands
    Description:
  • Title: Hennes & Mauritz (H&M)
    Place: Sweden
    Description:
  • Title: Hermes International
    Place: France
    Description:
  • Title: Hewlett Packard Enterprise
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Hitachi
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. (Foxconn)
    Place: Taiwan, China
    Description:
  • Title: Honda Motor Company
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: Hormel Foods
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: HOYA Corporation
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: HP
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Hugo Boss
    Place: Germany
    Description:
  • Title: Hyundai Motor Company
    Place: South Korea
    Description:
  • Title: Industria de Diseño Textil (Inditex)
    Place: Spain
    Description:
  • Title: Infineon Technologies AG
    Place: Germany
    Description:
  • Title: Inpex 
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: Intel
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Kellogg's
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Kering
    Place: France
    Description:
  • Title: Kerry Group
    Place: Ireland
    Description:
  • Title: Keyence Corporation
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: Kia Motors Corporation
    Place: South Korea
    Description:
  • Title: Kirin Holdings
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: Kohl's
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Kraft Heinz
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Kroger
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Kweichow Moutai
    Place: China
    Description:
  • Title: Kyocera Corporation
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: L Brands
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Brown-Forman Corporation
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Burberry 
    Place: United Kingdom
    Description:
  • Title: BYD
    Place: China
    Description:
  • Title: Canadian Natural Resources
    Place: Canada
    Description:
  • Title: Canon
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: Capri Holdings
    Place: United Kingdom
    Description:
  • Title: Carlsberg
    Place: Denmark
    Description:
  • Title: Carrefour
    Place: France
    Description:
  • Title: Carter's
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Chevron Corporation
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation Limited (Sinopec)
    Place: China
    Description:
  • Title: China Shenhua Energy
    Place: China
    Description:
  • Title: Chongqing Changan Automobile Company
    Place: China
    Description:
  • Title: Cisco
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC Group)
    Place: China
    Description:
  • Title: Coal India
    Place: India
    Description:
  • Title: Coles Group
    Place: Australia
    Description:
  • Title: Columbia Sportswear
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Compass Group
    Place: United Kingdom
    Description:
  • Title: Conagra Brands
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: ConocoPhillips
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Constellation Brands
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Corning
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Costco
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Daimler
    Place: Germany
    Description:
  • Title: Danone
    Place: France
    Description:
  • Title: Dell
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Devon Energy Corp
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Diageo
    Place: United Kingdom
    Description:
  • Title: Dongfeng Motor Group
    Place: China
    Description:
  • Title: Ecopetrol 
    Place: Colombia
    Description:
  • Title: ENEOS Holdings
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: Eni
    Place: Italy
    Description:
  • Title: EOG Resources 
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Equinor
    Place: Norway
    Description:
  • Title: Ericsson
    Place: Sweden
    Description:
  • Title: Exxon Mobil
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: SACI Falabella
    Place: Chile
    Description:
  • Title: FamilyMart Co., Ltd
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: Fast Retailing
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: FAW Car Company
    Place: China
    Description:
  • Title: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
    Place: United Kingdom
    Description:
  • Title: Foot Locker
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Adidas
    Place: Germany
    Description:
  • Title: Aeon
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: Ahold Delhaize
    Place: Netherlands
    Description:
  • Title: Alimentation Couche-Tard
    Place: Canada
    Description:
  • Title: Amazon
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Amphenol
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Analog Devices
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Anglo American
    Place: United Kingdom
    Description:
  • Title: Anheuser-Busch InBev
    Place: Belgium
    Description:
  • Title: Anhui Conch Cement
    Place: China
    Description:
  • Title: Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Group
    Place: China
    Description:
  • Title: ANTA Sports Products
    Place: China
    Description:
  • Title: Apple
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Applied Materials
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: ArcelorMittal
    Place: Luxembourg
    Description:
  • Title: Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)
    Place: United States of America
    Description:
  • Title: Asahi Group
    Place: Japan
    Description:
  • Title: ASML
    Place: Netherlands
    Description:
  • Title: Associated British Foods
    Place: United Kingdom
    Description:
  • Title: BAIC Motor
    Place: China
    Description:
  • Title: Barrick Gold Corporation
    Place: Canada
    Description:
  • Title: BHP Group
    Place: Australia
    Description:
  • Title: BMW
    Place: Germany
    Description:
  • Title: BOE Technology Group
    Place: China
    Description:
  • Title: BP
    Place: United Kingdom
    Description:
  • Title: BRF
    Place: Brazil
    Description:
  • Title: Broadcom
    Place: United States of America
    Description:

Further reading

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