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Despite decades of global standard building and norm promoting linked to business and human rights, many companies are only beginning to adjust their policies, processes, practices and responses in their operations and across their supply chains. The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasised many pre-existing challenges in supply chains and the treatment of employees within them. It has underscored more than ever that preventing adverse impacts on workers, communities and consumers is one of the most pressing challenges companies face in today’s globalised working place.
ABOUT THE WBA'S CORPORATE HUMAN RIGHTS BENCHMARK
The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) is part of the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA), which seeks to generate a movement and accountability around increasing the private sector’s impact towards a sustainable future for all.
CHRB produces free, publicly available benchmarks that rank global companies annually on their human rights performance. The latest iteration was published in November 2019 and assessed 200 companies from the Apparel, Agricultural Products, Extractives and Information and Communications Technology Manufacturing.
The CHRB assessment is based on the CHRB Methodology, which is grounded in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and informed by extensive multi-stakeholder consultation involving representatives from over 400 companies, governments, civil society organisations, investors, academics and legal experts from around the world. The CHRB also aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals including the principle of leaving no one behind.
This session will explore the current state of corporate human rights performance according to the latest Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, with a particular focus on Asia and the Pacific, where over a quarter of companies assessed in 2019 were headquartered. This will include looking at how companies perform in the region and how this compares to companies that are headquartered in other parts of the world. It will also discuss key findings that relate to the region, such as the status of supply chain management and the main human rights risks identified.
This session will be interactive and invite participants to shape the next human rights benchmarks, by sharing their views on the CHRB methodology and how it could be strengthened going forward. This is in the context of broader consultations that the Corporate Human Rights Benchmarks is holding in 2020 to gather feedback and inputs on its overall approach. This session will therefore be an opportunity for participants to make suggestions for improving the CHRB methodology and process, with a particular focus on Asia & the Pacific.
The session will be moderated by Camille Le Pors, WBA’s Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Lead. To initiate the interactive discussion on the CHRB methodology, we also will ask two business and human rights specialists with a focus on Asia and the Pacific to provide some opening remarks.
How do companies perform on human rights in Asia & the Pacific, looking at key risks such as child labour, forced labour, wages, land rights, freedom of association and collective bargaining?
How does this compare to companies in other regions and to global averages?
What key business and human rights challenges has the CHRB identified in the region?
How can benchmarking results be used to drive better corporate respect for human rights?
How could the CHRB improve its methodology and process going forward?
How can we ensure that the CHRB’s methodology and process are relevant to the Asia and Pacific context?