2016 Pilot Methodology

More information on the 2016 Pilot Methodology

The 2017 assessment, which provided the first-ever comparative snapshot of the human rights performance of the largest 98 companies across the agricultural products, apparel and extractives industries, was based on the CHRB Pilot Methodology. The Pilot Methodology was the product of over two years of development through multi-stakeholder consultation with over 400 organisations. See consultation feedback

The CHRB Pilot Methodology 2016 was amended by the Methodology Addendum. The CHRB Full Combined Pilot Methodology combines the 2016 Pilot Methodology and Addendum.


Download the Full Combined Pilot Methodology

Pilot Methodology Addendum

As a first of its kind methodology, the CHRB anticipated that changes to certain indicators or their interpretation would likely be required to ensure the learnings of the research and application phase were incorporated. As anticipated, this was confirmed during the initial research phase of applying the Pilot Methodology (May – October 2016), with several indicators requiring adjustment to ensure fairness and rigour in the results. Similarly, during the subsequent engagement phase with companies on their draft scores (November – December 2016), a further number of indicators were identified as requiring adjustments in their interpretation and application. 

This “in-flight” review has provided the CHRB the valuable opportunity of learning from the research, engagement, and application of the Pilot Methodology to real-time contexts and scenarios. These in-flight changes were presented to the companies being benchmarked and representatives of civil society in December 2016. Receiving no objections, these changes were adopted and implemented during the review phase of the Pilot findings (December – February 2017). These changes are presented in the Pilot Methodology Addendum, which should be read in conjunction with the full CHRB Pilot Methodology. The CHRB Full Combined Pilot Methodology combines the Pilot Methodology and Addendum.