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 will use the 2018 Methodology, which is a revised version of the 2016 Pilot Methodology, following several months of internal reflexion and extensive public consultations.


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Download the 2018 Methodology

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, 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, 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 (specific changes in red in the 2nd tab) (see Explanatory Note below)

To support the 2018 Methodology, a separate Explanatory Note summarises the Methodology review and amendments. 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.

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 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.


2017 results

Find out what happened when we applied this methodology to 98 companies from three high-risk industries – agricultural products, apparel and extractives