Human Rights

  • Since its inception in 1971, ICCR’s members have worked with companies to eradicate human rights abuses in their operations and global supply chains.

    The UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights along with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises provide a framework for corporations to conduct robust human rights due diligence. The steps in this process begin with 1) adoption of a strong human rights policy articulating a company’s respect for human rights, and are followed by 2) policy implementation, including conducting human rights impact assessments, and 3) carrying out human rights due diligence to identify and remediate impacts.

    This systematic approach helps shape our members’ engagements with corporations on human rights. 

    Featured ICCR Initiatives

    Forced Labor. An estimated 16 million people are trapped in conditions of forced labor around the globe. Migrant workers who leave their home countries in search of work are prime targets for exploitation that begins with excessive recruitment fees and leads to debt bondage and wage theft. This year, our members asked 15 companies to address forced labor and human trafficking in their supply chains via the filing of shareholder resolutions.

    Investors oppose proposed amendments to Temporary Agricultural Employment of H-2A Non-immigrants. ICCR and 42 co-signatory members sent a letter to the US Department of Labor opposing proposed amendments to the H2-A program, which would eliminate prevailing wage guarantees, and negatively impact worker housing and transportation reimbursement requirements.

    Investors call for urgent action to address human rights impacts of Amazon fires. ICCR members issued a statement calling on companies with operations and supply chains connected to the Amazon rainforest to take immediate action to safeguard the human rights and ecosystems that are being devastated by fires exacerbated by unchecked deforestation. 



    Featured Resources

    ICCR's foundational white paper articulates how investors can leverage their shareholder power to eradicate human trafficking.

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

    This paper includes a brief summary of the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act, the business case for compliance, shareholder expectations, and the key elements of a comprehensive human rights due diligence framework.  

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