IHRB's primary benchmarking activities are focused on the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), a multi-stakeholder initiative made up of private sector and not for profit organisations: Aviva Investors, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Calvert Investments, IHRB, VBDO and Vigeo Eiris.  

These organisations came together in 2013 united behind the conviction that there was a gap that needed to be filled in order to shift the current state of global business practice on human rights. That gap was the need for an incentive system prompting companies to excel on human rights performance and disclosure and compete against their peers.

The CHRB seeks to utilise public transparency combined with public rankings of companies’ human rights performance to drive a race to the top of the annual Benchmark.  The CHRB pilot methodology was published in March 2016 and the first Pilot Benchmark will be published in early 2017, assessing the top 100 companies across the agricultural products, apparel and extractives industries on their human rights policies, processes and performance. Long-term the CHRB will expand to other sectors to ultimately rank the top 500 companies each year.