Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC)

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC)
The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre works to build corporate transparency, strengthen corporate accountability, and empower advocates.

The approach of Business and Human Rights Resource Centre is to focus on impact through highlighting the efforts and struggles of human rights advocates, collaborate by cooperating with allies and partners around the world, maintain independence from government, religion, political and economic interest, commit to fairly and objectively representing all sides of debates, and going beyond the headlines by drawing attention to under-the-radar cases, countries, and victims alongside those in the public eye.

Modern Slavery Registry

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre maintains the Modern Slavery Registry to create a public track record of companies' statements under the UK Modern Slavery Act, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and the Australian Modern Slavery Act. In March 2020 the Registry held over 12,000 statements. See link to separate record below.

FTSE 100 & the UK Modern Slavery Act: From Disclosure to Action. October 2018.

In 2018, as in our previous assessments, the action reported by companies varied greatly, with only a small cluster of leaders standing out. Over half of the FTSE 100 scored below this figure, and 28 companies scored fewer than 20%. This is all the more disappointing as it represents little change from our previous assessments. This year, one clear area of improvement is compliance with the minimum requirements set out by the MSA, (statements must be signed by director, approved by board and available on the company’s homepage). Companies themselves recognise that a level playing field has not been achieved. Consumer-facing companies are subject to greater scrutiny and are expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to fighting modern slavery, while their lesser-known peers can get away with publishing weak statements, or not publishing at all.

Maritime Human Rights Reporting Platform. Jan 2018.

In January 2018 BHRRC announced a new and unique partnership with Human Rights at Sea with the launch of a new global platform for recording cases of maritime human rights abuses, highlighting pertinent international cases from the shipping and fisheries industries, and publishing cases relevant to identifying best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices for companies operating in the maritime sector. At the time of launch, there are references to over 50 international companies and multiple links to corporate cases which can be identified using the online search function across the maritime industry, fishing industry and ship-breaking resource pages.

BHRRC report. Out of Sight: Modern Slavery in Pacific Supply Chains of Canned Tuna – A Survey and Analysis of Company Action. May 2019.

This research examines how companies are addressing the risks of modern slavery in their tuna supply chains. Between November 2018 and January 2019 BHRRC surveyed 35 canned tuna companies and supermarkets, representing 80 of the world’s largest retail canned tuna brands, on their approach to human rights in Pacific tuna fishing operations and supply chains. The analysis of their responses reveals that, whilst a small cluster of leading companies are translating policies into practical steps, in general there is a pattern of policy prevailing over practice.

Significance for seafood businesses: 

Not seafood-specific. There are a number of organisations that offer practical business support to help manage socially responsible business practices. There are also various tools and guidance notes available which are free to use which will help buyers manage their supply chain and make a more informed judgement on the risks they face when sourcing seafood.

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