Human Rights

Advancing Human Rights to Reduce Global Poverty

Better data and social performance benchmarks are critical to achieving more sustainable and equitable value chains. Tom Adams and Madeline Copp of 60 Decibels discuss the need to listen to farmers directly and at scale in order to improve their livelihoods.
Fairtrade intensifies fight against cocoa child labor with a new program. Despite challenges, the €450,000 budget aims to generate additional income for co-ops, offer education grants, and support poverty-alleviating projects. Co-ops’ innovative proposals will be funded based on impact and scalability.
Climate-driven Loss and Damage is bad for business and customers, but worst for the world’s economic backbone: women on the frontline of climate change. If their ability to manage climate change is not supported, business continuity stalls. Companies should support women, alongside civil society and policymakers, to foster a global economy that delivers for everyone. 
The World Benchmarking Alliance recently published its 5th iteration of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark. While companies have improved their scores on key human rights indicators, over a decade since the launch of the UNGPs and faced with upcoming due diligence legislation, big gaps remain and the pace of improvement needs to speed up. From five years of benchmarking data, we have gathered the following learnings that can help companies improve.
The concept of “just transition” – a whole-of-society approach to decarbonisation that respects human rights while promoting sustainable development, the eradication of poverty, and the creation of decent work and quality jobs – has come increasingly centre stage in national and international discussions on finance, energy, agriculture, and other key industrial transitions to net-zero. 

What do we mean by "Human Rights"?

Learn how upholding human rights globally forms the foundation of justice and equality in efforts to fight poverty around the world.

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