Top 10 Business & Human Rights Issues

The 10th of December 2018 marks 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted. This human rights day also marks ten years of IHRB’s Top 10 Business and Human Rights Issues for the coming year.

To mark the occasion, we at IHRB turned to some of our partners from business and civil society with whom we have worked closely over the last decade to prepare our tenth annual list of the Top 10 Business and Human Rights Issues for 2019.

We are privileged to have contributions from Gender at Work, Building and Wood Workers International, Rafto Foundation, China Dialogue, Migrant Forum in Asia, Aviva Investors, The Commonwealth Games Federation, Centro Regional de Empresas y Emprendimientos Responsables (CREER), A.P. Moller-Maersk, and the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business.

Our partners have focused on the issues we have identified together that will be of critical importance in the arena of business and human rights in 2019.  These concerns are drawn from the organisation’s expertise, and reference the articles of the UDHR, as well as other international instruments. 

As the list shows, the range of issues is vast. No single organisation, company, or human rights group can tackle all the challenges alone. Collective action is a powerful place to start. As IHRB enters its eleventh year, we are honoured to be working with these partners. 

As always, IHRB welcomes your comments, feedback, and ideas.

Eliminating Discrimination Within Workplace and Across Wider Society
Ensuring Dignity While Building Infrastructure
Defending Rights Holders Challenging Power
Upholding Rights in the Face of Massive Investments in Emerging Economies
Safeguarding Rights  of Workers on the Move
Measuring Performance  to Move Shareholders
Promoting Rights Through Sport
Forging Remedy  in Post-Conflict Scenarios
Harnessing Technology to Respect Rights Across Trade and Transport Chains
Embedding International Standards in New Democracies