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Dissecting Human Rights Disclosure: a Tool for Investors

This resource is part of a growing collection designed to help investors read and interpret corporate human rights disclosure. This specific resource focuses on excerpts from company reporting on company efforts to tackle gender-based impacts.

March 2020 | Nora Mardirossian | Pages: 15

Dissecting Human Rights Disclosure: a Tool for Investors 

Drawing from company reporting on efforts to tackle gender-based impacts

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Increasingly, investors are becoming interested in understanding to what extent companies are respecting human rights, and whether their efforts are likely to improve the lives of affected people. A good place to start is by reading a company's human rights disclosure. But company reports are often hard to analyze.  On the surface, many companies will seem to be doing the right thing. But, how can investors tell whether what they are reading is meaningful and in line with what the UN Guiding Principles expect? This collection of resources was designed by Shift to help investors apply a people-centered approach to gain deeper insights from company disclosure.

In particular, this resource uses excerpts from companies' reporting on their efforts to tackle gender-based impacts.  In particular, it looks at: 

  • Whether a company’s disclosure indicates that it sees gender impacts as relevant and important for its business;

  • Whether a company’s disclosure suggests it has real insight into women’s experience in the workplace;

  • Whether a company’s disclosure suggests it is alert to other dimensions of gender-based discrimination.

This may also be a useful tool for practitioners within businesses who want to improve how they report on these issues, and for other stakeholders who are interested in analyzing and assessing the quality of a company's human rights disclosure.

Nora Mardirossian

Advisor

As an Advisor, Nora contributes to our work analyzing companies’ human rights reporting and is part of the team that develops Shift's UN Guiding Principles Reporting Database. She also works across our main program areas, leading and supporting work with a range of business, government and civil society partners.

Nora Mardirossian
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