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When measuring what a business is doing to respect human rights, the focus tends to be on inputs and activities, rather than on practices, behaviors, and outcomes for people.

When companies, investors and others try and measure what a business is doing to respect human rights, they tend to overwhelmingly focus on inputs and activities, rather than on how (and if) they are changing practices, behaviors, and ultimately, outcomes for people.

This is the research we conducted -by analyzing hundreds of company disclosures and ESG ratings- that led us to that conclusion, and the insights we gained:

 

 

The Problem with How we Measure Business Respect for Human Rights

This visual two-pager summarizes our findings after reviewing over 1,200 questions in eight major Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) rankings, ratings and indices, including 400 that focus on the 'S' component. It also highlights some of our most recent research in issue-specific areas.

The Problem with How we Measure Business Respect for Human Rights

Analysis of ESG Rankings, Ratings and Indices

This document provides a deeper look into the analysis that we conducted of 1,200 questions in 8 major Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) rankings, ratings and indices, including 400 that focus on the ā€˜Sā€™ component.

Analysis of ESG Rankings, Ratings and Indices

The Current Use of Metrics in Company Human Rights Reporting in Southeast Asia

This report summarizes findings from research into the current use of metrics by Southeast Asian companies in their human rights-related reporting. The research is a contribution to the Valuing Respect project research stream, to build empirical evidence for how businesses currently track the progress and effectiveness of their efforts to respect human rights. The research was conducted from mid 2018 to early 2019, and has informed the direction and focus of the Valuing Respect project.

The Current Use of Metrics in Company Human Rights Reporting in Southeast Asia

The Current Use of Metrics in Company Human Rights Reporting in the Food and Beverage Sector

This fact-sheet summarizes findings from research conducted by the University of Fordham Law Clinic into the current use of metrics in the human rights reporting of companies in the food and beverage sector included in the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Database. The research was conducted from mid-2018 to early 2019. It has informed the direction and focus of the Valuing Respect project.

The Current Use of Metrics in Company Human Rights Reporting in the Food and Beverage Sector

The Current Use of Metrics in Company Human Rights Reporting South Africa

This report summarizes findings from research into the current use of metrics by South African companies in their human rights related reporting. The research is a contribution to the Valuing Respect project research stream, to build empirical evidence for how businesses currently track the progress and effectiveness of their efforts to respect human rights. The research was conducted from mid 2018 to early 2019, and has informed the direction and focus of the Valuing Respect project.

The Current Use of Metrics in Company Human Rights Reporting South Africa

The Current Use of Metrics in Human Rights Disclosure in the Extractives and Oil Equipment Sector

This fact sheet summarizes findings from research by the University of Fordham Law Clinic into the current use of metrics in the human rights reporting of 25 companies in the extractives and oil equipment sector included in the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Database. The research was conducted form mid 2018 to early 2019, and has informed the direction and focus of the Valuing Respect project.

The Current Use of Metrics in Human Rights Disclosure in the Extractives and Oil Equipment Sector

The Current Use of Metrics in Company Human Rights Disclosure in the ICT Sector

This fact-sheet summarizes findings from research conducted by the University of Fordham Law Clinic into the current use of metrics in the human rights reporting of 12 companies in the Internet and Communications (ICT) sector included in the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Database. The research was conducted from mid-2018 to early 2019. It has informed the direction and focus of the Valuing Respect project.

The Current Use of Metrics in Company Human Rights Disclosure in the ICT Sector

The Current Use of Metrics in Company Human Rights Reporting in Poland

This report summarizes findings from research into the current use of metrics by Polish companies in their human rights-related reporting. The research is a contribution to the Valuing Respect project research stream, to build empirical evidence for how businesses currently track the progress and effectiveness of their efforts to respect human rights. The research was conducted from mid 2018 to early 2019, and has informed the direction and focus of the Valuing Respect project.

The Current Use of Metrics in Company Human Rights Reporting in Poland

Evaluating Business Respect for Human Rights: A Theory of Change Methodology to Develop Meaningful Indicators

In this piece, we discuss our Theory of Change methodology, and why it's such a valuable tool for evaluating business respect for human rights.

Evaluating Business Respect for Human Rights: A Theory of Change Methodology to Develop Meaningful Indicators

Evaluating Human Rights Performance

January 3120 | Georgie Erangey

This short piece, by Georgie Erangey, explores how effective these ESG ratings, indices and benchmarks are likely to be in driving corporate attention and investment into respect for human rights given the content of the indicators that they use.

Evaluating Human Rights Performance

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