“We support the introduction of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, which recognises businesses who are taking human rights due diligence seriously. […] The initiative, [which receives] funding from the UK Government, is the first-ever ranking of the world’s largest publicly listed companies on their human rights performance.”
Joint Committee on Human Rights - The UK House of Lords and House of Commons (in Human Rights and Business 2017: Promoting responsibility and ensuring accountability report, available here)
"The business case for human rights is increasingly clear. Last month we saw the launch of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, a project supported by the Netherlands. [...] It has been embraced by a coalition of investors representing the staggering amount of 5.3 trillion dollars. That‘s roughly six times the GDP of the Netherlands. And it’s proof that more and more investors are now judging companies on their human rights performance."
Lilianne Ploumen - Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
“In 2011 OECD included the corporate responsibility to respect human rights in the OECD Guidelines for Multinationals. OECD and the 44 National Contact Points (NCP) worldwide have been working hard to promote corporate human rights due diligence and have been helping to resolve complaints against companies in this area. The recurring theme has been: what does due diligence mean, in particular in the supply chain and how should my company implement it?
I see the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) as a great tool for learning and continuous improvement on exactly that question. The CHRB's focus on human rights related policies and governance, systems and processes, practices and responses should produce a wealth of comparative information within and across industries about the state of due diligence and progress in implementation globally. That will be a valuable tool for OECD, NCPs and many others seeking to drive improvements in corporate human rights performance.”
Prof. Dr. Roel Nieuwenkamp - Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct
"The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) represents a novel approach to building corporate accountability for human rights. Through public benchmarking and ranking of companies on human rights policies and practices, the CHRB can propel and embed human rights from the boardroom to the base of a supply chain."
Amol Mehra - Director, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR)
“The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark is at the forefront of encouraging our largest companies to demonstrate the leadership in human rights that the global market needs. CEOs have been clear that a human rights benchmark is one of the most powerful tools to change corporate policy and practice by using market mechanisms to generate ‘a race to the top’. The rigorous methodology, and its wide consultation with companies, civil society and governments, adds to the credibility and power of the Benchmark.”
Richard Howitt - MEP, European Parliament Spokesperson on Corporate Social Responsibility
"Benchmarking human rights performance of companies, especially those with large global supply chains, is critically important to workers and affected communities impacted by corporate activity. We welcome the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), a framework that encourages a competition among companies or 'race to the top' to ensure best performance. ICCR is especially pleased that the CHRB includes a "No Fees" component which focuses on the prohibition of workers paying fees to obtain employment and on employers restricting workers' movement through the retention of personal papers."
David Schilling, Senior Programme Director for Human Rights and Resources, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility
(ICCR - full statement here)
“Often the greatest impact that a company can have on human rights is when it adversely impacts the human rights of workers. The right of workers to form or join a trade union and to collectively bargain are enabling rights that make the realization of other human rights possible. Companies need to be held accountable for their human rights impacts, in their policies and their operations. This is the purpose of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark.”
Sharan Burrow - General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation