Human Rights

  • 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. 

    The United Nations' Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights establishes 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

    Investors call for cotinued support of ILAB. ILAB negotiates and enforces labor commitments with our trading partners, and helps promote the elimination of child labor and forced labor. 

    Calling for a Modern Slavery Act in Australia. ICCR members have joined a group of 35 global investors led by the UN PRI in calling for the creation of a modern slavery act in Australia. In Australia, migrant workers are found in forced labour in sectors such as agriculture, construction, and hospitality.

    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. 


    Featured Resources

    Guidance on leveraging shareholder power to eradicate human trafficking.

    Effective Supply Chain Accountability: Investor Guidance on Implementation of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act

    Supply chain issues as they pertain to the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and more generally.

    Investing the Rights Way

    A guide for investors on business and human rights

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    Identifying Human Rights Risks

    A new Wespath paper

    The Corporate Examiner

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