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From Us

Alongside its core work providing a platform for Human Rights advocates, the Resource Centre runs several focused programme areas and regularly releases briefings and reports on areas of particular interest. Get stuck in below.

Business and human rights defenders in Asia-Pacific

Human rights defenders across the globe are protecting our rights, natural resources and shared planet. Their work highlighting risks in company operations and supply chains and advocating for responsible business practices is vital to support a just transition to green economies and a more sustainable future for all. Despite this critical work, HRDs in Asia-Pacific often experience high levels of risk and strong backlash. We explore the risks and challenges faced by HRDs raising concerns about business operations in Asia-Pacific.

Recent

Forced labour risks, remedy and changing regulation: KnowTheChain investor briefing

The risk of forced labour in global supply chains remains one of the most significant human rights issues for companies – and their investors – worldwide. Despite this, KnowTheChain data indicates major companies in high-risk sectors like apparel and footwear, ICT, and food and beverage are failing to identify risks and remediate forced labour in their supply chains. We set out recommendations for investors to play a critical role in interrogating human rights due diligence efforts and companies’ attempts to remediate forced labour.

Buffering rights: How Europe's new due diligence regulation can help reverse tech rights risks

Europe’s welcome draft Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive has enormous potential to insist the tech sector transforms itself to end abuse, and contributes to shared prosperity and effective democracy. We look at the key areas in need of improvement to strengthen the draft Directive and shape a rights-respecting tech sector.

Resistance, harassment and intimidation: Garment worker abuse under Myanmar's military rule

Since Myanmar's military illegally seized power in 2021, garment workers have been on the front line of the Civil Disobedience Movement, risking their lives and livelihoods to demand an end to the dictatorship and to restore democracy. This briefing looks at over 100 cases of alleged labour and human rights abuse against garment workers at Myanmar factories producing for at least 32 major global brands and retailers.

Weekly Updates

Our weekly run down of this week's top stories and breaking news about business & human rights. Includes company responses, the latest jobs and events announcements.

Weekly Update 21 September

Myanmar: 'Serious deterioration' leads to Primark decision to responsibly exit

Weekly Update 14 September

Ali Enterprises fire 10th anniversary: New calls for Intl. Accord expansion

Weekly Update 7 September

S. Africa: Shell oil exploration rights revoked in win for communities

Databases

Alongside our core work recording news and allegations across all regions and sectors, we also maintain several databases of incidents in particularly pressing areas. You can discover the key findings and raw data behind these efforts below.

Attacks on Human Rights Defenders

The HRDs Database contains over 3000 recorded instances of attacks by companies impacting the rights of Defenders.

Lawsuits against companies

Search our database of 200 lawsuits brought against companies to hold them to account for alleged human rights abuse.

Lawsuits against defenders

Strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPPs) are one tactic used by business actors to stop people raising concerns about their practices. Explore our database of cases that bear the hallmarks of SLAPPs.

From the Resource Centre