We see all our work through a social justice lens. Every ICCR member initiative has some human rights dimension. ICCR members have been working with companies across all sectors to eradicate human rights abuses in their operations and supply chains for nearly two decades, including sweatshop labor in the garment industry, forced child labor in the cotton fields in Uzbekistan and the sourcing of conflict minerals in the DRC.
In 2011, the United Nations adopted the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights declaring the corporate responsibility to respect human rights in company operations and supply chains and providing a global framework for addressing these often unseen risks to individuals, communities and companies.
As social justice advocates and as investors, ICCR members help educate the companies we own about the enormous human, financial and reputational implications when formal human rights policies aren't adopted and these risks aren't properly managed.
Featured ICCR Initiatives
Investing the Rights Way: ICCR's Guide for Investors on implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: As owners of capital, investors can encourage companies to prevent, mitigate and address the negative human rights impacts of their activities, and take advantage of opportunities to create positive impacts. ICCR members are engaging investors to press companies that they own to implement a “human rights due diligence” process to ‘know’ what their human rights risks are and to ‘show’ what they are doing to address them.
Bangladesh Investor Initiative: Following the collapse of Rana Plaza where close to1,200 garment factory workers lost their lives, ICCR has organized an initiative of over 200 global institutional investors representing 12 countries and $3.1 trillion in assets to more aggressively engage apparel manufacturers and retailers on worker safety issues.