2018 Methodology

The CHRB Methodology is the result of extensive multi-stakeholder consultation around the world, involving representatives from over 400 companies, governments, civil society organisations, investors, academics and legal experts.


2018 Methodology 

The 2018 assessment used the 2018 Methodology, which is a revised version of the 2016 Pilot Methodology, following several months of internal reflection and extensive public consultations.


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Grounded in international and industry-specific standards on human rights and responsible business conduct, the CHRB Methodology focuses on companies’ policies, processes, practices, as well as how they respond to serious allegations. This is done through the application of specific indicators across 6 Measurement Themes of different weights.  

In its application, the Methodology relies on public information disclosed by companies on their websites, other platforms, or through the CHRB Disclosure Platform. The CHRB then uses that public information in its assessments to produce a transparent benchmark as a public good.

Comparability is a key feature of the Benchmark, to discern the best performers and those requiring improvement and intervention. The CHRB seeks to offer comparability in many different ways: across industries; within industries; by measurement theme; and ultimately over time.  

The 2018 Methodology is also available in spreadsheet format here

More information on the 2018 Methodology

After publishing the first results in March 2017, the CHRB took some time to reflect and to gather feedback on its Methodology and processes, in order to strengthen the Benchmark going forward. From June to October 2017, the CHRB held extensive consultations to hear comments from a variety of stakeholders on different aspects of the Methodology.

The 2018 Methodology is a revised version of the 2016 Pilot Methodology, and  incorporates changes based on:

  • The 2017 Methodology Addendum
  • Changes suggested by the CHRB Methodology Committee and validated by the 2017 consultations (see Explanatory Note below)
  • Further changes based on feedback received during the 2017 consultations (see Explanatory Note below)

To support the 2018 Methodology, a separate Explanatory Note summarises the Methodology review and amendments made to the Pilot Methodology in 2017. It explains the review process in detail, setting out what CHRB asked, what the feedback said and then what CHRB decided, based on that feedback. This includes explaining why in some instances the CHRB Methodology Committee decided not to implement the changes suggested by external stakeholders.


2018 results

Discover what happened when we applied this methodology to 101 companies from three high-risk industries – agricultural products, apparel and extractives

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