State of Play Report Series
In March 2014 the Institute for Human Rights and Business released the third report in its “State of Play” series, cataloging the approaches being taken by States around the world to embed human rights within their economic agendas and activities.
In March 2014 IHRB released the third report in its “State of Play” series, cataloging the approaches being taken by States around the world to embed human rights within their economic agendas and activities.
The Report aims to unpick some of the motivations, incentives and disincentives driving one of the key business and human rights challenges for States – that of policy coherence. It provides examples from over 70 countries of recent action within States’ economic and human rights agendas, and suggests that enhanced cooperation within and amongst States is needed if the promotion and regulation of more socially and environmentally sustainable business practices is to lead to better human rights outcomes.
In December 2012 IHRB and the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI) jointly released the second “State of Play” report, which takes stock of efforts by companies to address human rights impacts associated with their business relationships. The Report is based on extensive interviews with a group of 14 international companies to identify how they address human rights impacts associated within six types of business relationships: joint ventures; mergers and acquisitions; franchising and licensing; suppliers and service providers; direct customers; and investor-state relationships.
Behind the macro trends and data of globalisation lies a complex array of individual business relationships, each with specific commercial objectives. The Report explores the implications of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights for these relationships, looking at how responsible business commitments and practices are being integrated at the micro level. The Report outlines a range of practices and challenges faced throughout the lifecycle of the six business relationship types, and suggests 10 themes that will be of particular importance for implementation over the subsequent 5 years.
In June 2010 IHRB published its first “State of Play” report, which focuses on human rights due diligence. It examines the approach of 24 prominent companies in interpreting the concept – namely, the development of human rights and related policies, assessing human rights risks and impacts, integrating and acting on assessments, tracking performance, and communicating to stakeholders – and describes the efforts made to apply it in practice.
The Report came at a key moment in the development of the business and human rights agenda. It was released prior to the endorsement of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as a contribution to prove human rights due diligence was not only theoretically possible, but also to provide evidence that the concept was already being practiced by companies around the world.