2017

2017 Results

The 2017 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark assesses 98 of the largest publicly traded companies in the world on 100 human rights indicators. The results reveal a small group of leaders pulling ahead of the rest.

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OVERALL SCORES

No. of Companies (Total: 98)

9
0-9
5
10-19
48
20-29
18
30-39
12
40-49
3
50-59
3
60-69
70-79
80-89
90-100

Score range (%)

Key Findings Report

A detailed briefing on the 2017 results. Find the highest and lowest scoring companies in each industry by measurement theme, analysis of trends, and emerging practice.

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Industry Scores

The companies from industries - Agricultural Products, Apparel, and Extractives - were chosen for the first Benchmark on the basis of their size (market capitalisation) and revenues. The charts below show the number of companies in each band per industry.

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Agricultural Products

Total : 35

Score range (%)

90-100
80-89
70-79
60-69
1
50-59
2
40-49
3
30-39
6
20-29
19
10-19
2
0-9
2

No. of Companies

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Apparel

Total : 30

Score range (%)

90-100
80-89
70-79
60-69
1
50-59
1
40-49
4
30-39
4
20-29
13
10-19
3
0-9
4

No. of Companies

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Extractives

Total : 41

Score range (%)

90-100
80-89
70-79
60-69
2
50-59
40-49
6
30-39
9
20-29
19
10-19
1
0-9
4

No. of Companies

Banding Table

There is a cluster of companies taking a leadership position and driving forward corporate human rights performance. However, there are still plenty of challenges ahead. For example, only three companies score more than 60% and the average score is 28.7%.

BAND RANGECOMPANYINDUSTRY

60-69%

BHP BillitonExtractives
Marks & Spencer GroupAgricultural Products / Apparel
Rio TintoExtractives

50-59%

NestleAgricultural Products
AdidasApparel
UnileverAgricultural Products

40-49%

TotalExtractives
Hennes & MauritzApparel
KelloggAgricultural Products
Anglo AmericanExtractives
GapApparel
Freeport-McMoRanExtractives
BPExtractives
TescoAgricultural Products / Apparel
ConocoPhillipsExtractives
Chevron CorporationExtractives
The Coca-Cola CompanyAgricultural Products
NikeApparel

30-39%

StatoilExtractives
Pernod-RicardAgricultural Products
Royal Dutch ShellExtractives
General MillsAgricultural Products
VFApparel
InditexApparel
SasolExtractives
HanesbrandsApparel
ValeExtractives
EcopetrolExtractives
GlencoreExtractives
Heineken NVAgricultural Products
Exxon MobilExtractives
Suncor EnergyExtractives
DiageoAgricultural Products
The Hershey CompanyAgricultural Products
Occidental PetroleumExtractives
TargetAgricultural Products / Apparel

20-29%

DanoneAgricultural Products
PTTExtractives
Devon EnergyExtractives
KeringApparel
Archer Daniels MidlandAgricultural Products
GoldcorpExtractives
BRFAgricultural Products
Associated British FoodsAgricultural Products / Apparel
Anheuser-Busch InBevAgricultural Products
SyscoAgricultural Products
TJX CompaniesApparel
L BrandsApparel
Christian DiorApparel
Canadian Natural ResourcesExtractives
PetroChinaExtractives
Compass GroupAgricultural Products
Norilsk NickelExtractives
StarbucksAgricultural Products
Marathon PetroleumExtractives
WoolworthsAgricultural Products
NordstromApparel
Anadarko PetroleumExtractives
Phillips 66Extractives
Mondelez InternationalAgricultural Products
PepsiCoAgricultural Products
CoachApparel
LukoilExtractives
KrogerAgricultural Products
ShopriteAgricultural Products
NextApparel
SurgutneftegasExtractives
Alimentation Couche-tardAgricultural Products
Aeon CompanyAgricultural Products / Apparel
GazpromExtractives
EOG ResourcesExtractives
Valero EnergyExtractives
CarrefourAgricultural Products
RepsolExtractives
PradaApparel
FalabellaAgricultural Products / Apparel
CNOOCExtractives
EniExtractives
Rosneft OilExtractives
China Shenhua EnergyExtractives
Hermes InternationalApparel
Heilan HomeApparel
Kraft HeinzAgricultural Products
Kweichow MoutaiAgricultural Products

10-19%

PetrobrasExtractives
Under ArmourApparel
Fast RetailingApparel
Wal-mart StoresAgricultural Products / Apparel
McDonald'sAgricultural Products

0-9%

Coal IndiaExtractives
China Petroleum & ChemicalExtractives
Ross StoresApparel
Kohl'sApparel
Oil & Natural Gas CorporationExtractives
Yum! BrandsAgricultural Products
Grupo MexicoExtractives
Macy'sApparel
Costco WholesaleAgricultural Products / Apparel

Measurement Theme Scores

Companies were assessed across 6 measurement themes which have different weightings. On the whole, companies perform better on policy commitments and governance. Performance drops off when it comes to acting on those risks, tracking responses and remediating harms. In the bars below, darker colour blocks indicate the average score achieved.

Governance & Policy Commitments

Highest Score :
9.3 / 10

Average score :
2.1 / 10
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This Measurement Theme focuses on a company’s human rights related policy commitments and how they are governed. It includes two related sub-themes: Policy Commitments and Board Level Accountability.

Embedding Respect & Human Rights Due Diligence

Highest score :
18.2 / 25

Average score :
4.0 / 25
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This Measurement Theme assesses the extent of a company’s systems and processes established to implement the company’s policy commitments in practice. It includes two related sub-themes: Embedding Respect and Human Rights Due Diligence.

Remedies & Grievance Mechanisms

Highest score :
12.5 / 15

Average score :
2.1 / 15
Measurement Themes (66)

This Measurement Theme focuses on the extent to which a Company provides remedy in addressing actual adverse impacts on human rights. It covers a Company’s approach to providing or cooperating in remediation when human rights harms – actual human rights impacts – have occurred.

Performance: Company Human Rights Practices

Highest score :
13.8 / 20

Average score :
2.8 / 20
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This Measurement Theme focuses on selected human rights related practices specific to each industry. The indicators seek to assess the actual practices occurring within companies to implement key enabling factors and business processes, and to prevent specific impacts on human rights.

Performance: Responses to Serious Allegations

Total number of allegations :
62

Companies with allegations :
41
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This Measurement Theme focuses on responses to serious allegations of negative impacts a Company may be alleged or reported to be involved in by an external source. Indicators in this Measurement Theme seek to assess a Company’s response to an allegation that an impact has occurred, and do not seek to assess the allegation itself.

Transparency

Highest score :
7.8 / 10

Average score :
3.0 / 10
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This Measurement Theme seeks to recognise companies that disclose relevant information on human rights, regardless of whether the disclosed information is sufficient to meet a Score 1 or 2 in a CHRB indicator. The rationale of this Measurement Theme is to encourage even poor performing companies to become more transparent as a first step towards respect for human rights.