Before moving on to the next iteration of the Benchmark, we are taking some time to gather feedback, reflect, and make some changes to the CHRB Methodology and processes, with a view to strengthening the CHRB going forward.
During the consultations, we collected feedback on four main topics:
- The methodology*
- The process
- The presentation of the results
- The addition of new sectors
* A number of points regarding the CHRB Pilot Methodology have been identified by external stakeholders and by CHRB’s research team during the first iteration of the benchmark. Based on this feedback, the CHRB Methodology Committee compiled a list of suggested changes to the Methodology. These proposed changes can be viewed in an excel template here. The document shows a side-by-side comparison of the 2017 and (proposed) 2018 methodology. A word-version summary of these proposed changes is available here. These suggested changes were consulted on during the 2017 Consultations.
We conducted consultations in different formats so as to give different stakeholders an opportunity to express their feedback in the way that suited them best. These were:
I. Bilateral calls and meetings
II. An online questionnaire (now closed)
III. A number of multi-stakeholder meetings in various parts of the world.
Multi-stakeholder sessions were held in the following locations:
- Buenos Aires: 6 September 2017
- Washington: 8 September 2017
- Tokyo: 11 September 2017
- Bogotá: 13 September 2017
- New York: 19 September 2017
- Berlin: 27 September 2017
- London: 28 September 2017
- Copenhagen: 2 October 2017
- The Hague: 12 October 2017
- Hong Kong: 13 October 2017
- Huntington Beach: 23 October 2017
- Sydney: 26 October 2017
- Melbourne: 30 October 2017
- Africa & Middle East webinar: 31 October 2017
The 2017 Consultations are now closed. CHRB is currently reviewing all the feedback received and will publish the revised Methodology in December.
The event included the presentation of the results, key note speeches and two discussion panels.
The different speakers represented a variety of organisations, including investors, governments, non-governmental organisations, international organisations, trade unions and business organisations, in line with the multi-stakeholder nature, relevance and impact of CHRB (see the detailed agenda of the event below).
Some quotes from the event:
“As we work towards global business and human rights goals, business as usual is no longer good enough,” the Rt Hon. the Lord Bates, Minister of State, Department for International Development, UK.
“We are in the grip of a classic market failure. A lack of transparency and imperfect information means that the true cost of a business’ behaviour – good and bad – is not accounted for. And this is where […] the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark comes in. […] It’s about making this data public and, importantly, free,” Mark Wilson, CEO, Aviva.
“The CHRB strengthens the business case for respecting human rights,” Peggy Hicks, Director, Thematic Engagement, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
"The magic ingredient [to get the attention of company boards] is to combine investor & consumer voices at the same time," Erich Sahan, Private Sector Policy Adviser, Oxfam.
"It's important we don't start naming, blaming, shaming companies not performing. It's about engagement with companies," Morten Jespersen, Under-Secretary for Global Development and Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark.
“[In] the spirit of creating a race to the top, some investors and non-profit organizations just launched a benchmark to help shape corporate policies and responses in this area,” Mara Lemos Stein, The Wall Street Journal.
“The CHRB, like the Modern Slavery Act, is causing business to relook at their governance practices within their own operations and not just their product supply chains. It is also making business look at how they can be much more transparent in disclosing their activity,” Louise Nicholls, Corporate Head of Human Rights, Food sustainability (Plan A) and Food packaging, Marks & Spencer Group.
“The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark will start to bring accountability to companies around Human Rights. [It is] a big step for corporate Human Rights,” Liam Dowd, Managing Director, Ethical Corporation.
Detailed agenda of the event: