Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Ltd, is a not for profit company created to publish and promote the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark. The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) was launched in 2013 as a multi-stakeholder initiative and draws on investor, business and human rights, and benchmarking expertise from 7 organisations:
- APG Asset Management (APG), entrusted to invest EUR443 billion (December 2016) for several pension funds in the Netherlands, considers environmental, social and governance factors an integral part of their investment process.
- Aviva Investors is the global asset management business of Aviva plc. The business delivers investment management solutions, services and client-driven performance to clients worldwide. Aviva Investors operates in 15 countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and the United Kingdom with assets under management of £319 billion as of 30 June 2016.
- Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is an international NGO that tracks the human rights impacts (both positive and negative) of over 7000 companies in over 180 countries, making information available on its eight language website.
- The EIRIS Foundation is a leading UK-based charity operating in the field of responsible investment. The foundation is committed to helping organisations and individuals maximise their contribution to the responsible business and investment agenda.
- The Institute for Human Rights and Business(IHRB) is the leading international think tank on business and human rights. IHRB’s mission is to shape policy, advance practice and strengthen accountability in order to make respect for human rights part of everyday business.
- Nordea Wealth Management is the largest Nordic private bank, life & pensions provider and asset manager.
- VBDO (the Dutch Association of Investors for Sustainable Development) aims at generating a more sustainable capital market by raising awareness among both multinational corporations and investors about the contributions they can make towards a sustainable capital market.
CHRB Ltd. is governed by a board of directors and chaired by Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer at Aviva Investors.
Research and data is provided to the CHRB by:
- Vigeo Eiris is a global provider of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research to investors and public and private corporates. Vigeo Eiris provides the task group of analysts to carry out the data collection and assessment according to the CHRB Pilot Methodology 2016.
- Business & Human Rights Resource Centre provided company response information from their database of over 3000 allegations and responses.
- RepRisk is a leading business intelligence provider, specializing in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risk analytics and metrics. RepRisk provided the CHRB information on serious allegations.
CHRB is governed by an Advisory Council, chaired by Steve Waygood. The members of the Advisory Council are:
Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors
Angelique Laskewitz, Executive Director, VBDO, the Investors Association for Sustainable Development in the Netherlands
Anna Pot, Responsible Investments Manager, APG Asset Management
Bennett Freeman, Consultant, board member and speaker on business and human rights, sustainability, and responsible investment
Gerbrand Haverkamp, Executive Director, Index Initiative
John Morrison, Chief Executive, Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB)
Magdalena Kettis, Head of Thematic Research, Sustainable Finance Team, Nordea
Margaret Wachenfeld, Managing Director, Themis Research; Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB)
Peter Webster, Chief Executive Officer, Eiris Foundation; Head of International Affairs, Vigeo Eiris
Phil Bloomer, Executive Director, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC)
Daniel joined the CHRB in September 2017 as the Programme Director, responsible for day-to-day management of the CHRB on behalf of the members of the CHRB. Prior to this he was a social-performance consultant, working in the extractives and renewables spaces. He has a wealth of practical experience; implementing social performance management systems, providing guidance on social and human rights risk management, conducting research and performance assessments, and advising on approaches to responsible-security management that draws on his MSc in International Development, Security & Conflict. Daniel has worked in developing countries as well as conflict and post-conflict environments and brings extensive leadership and management experience to support the CHRB.
Camille Le Pors
Camille joined the CHRB in October 2016, and is responsible for managing the research process and engagement for the benchmark. Prior to this she spent time working with the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre in London, the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and for an Overseas Member of French Parliament in London. Camille holds a BA in International Politics from King’s College London and a Masters in International Affairs with a focus on business and human rights from the IHEID, Geneva and Fudan University, Shanghai.
Angus joined the CHRB in September 2018, and is responsible for conducting research and supporting internal system maintenance and outreach for the benchmark. Prior to this, he was a journalist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Western Australia, reporting on topics including politics, Indigenous affairs and the extractives industry. Angus holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Western Australia and a Masters in International and European Law specialising in human rights from Tilburg University, the Netherlands.
CHRB is supported by the following organisations:
The creation of an open-source and wide-scale benchmark on corporate human rights performance runs counter to a long-established business model of providing such intelligence on a paid-for basis. This means the CHRB relies on the passion and commitment of stakeholders committed to supporting its long-term success.
We are grateful to the following governments, investors and foundations that have supported our journey to date.
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
- Swiss Confederation’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
- Department for Business, Innovation and Skills United Kingdom
- Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
- APG Asset Management
- Aviva Investors
- Calvert Investments, now known as Calvert Research and Management
- Nordea Wealth Management
- CNV International
To fully ensure its independence, the CHRB will not receive funding from any companies, except for investors.