Friday, October 2, 2009

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Whether you are a socially-conscious investor or a job seeker, you may want to look at more than a company's balance sheet to decide whether to invest or take a job. Now you can find human rights abuses information (worker exploitation, etc.) on over 4000 businesses worldwide using the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre web site. Users can search by company name, issue (discrimination, environment, etc.), country or topic (regions/countries, laws and lawsuits, etc.). If you don't have a particular company or issue in mind, you can always browse the online library.

The site is updated hourly with news and reports about companies’ human rights impacts worldwide – positive and negative, and links links to a wide range of materials published by: NGOs; companies & business organisations; UN, ILO & other intergovernmental organisations; governments & courts; policy experts & academics; social investment analysts; and journalists.

Companies that wish to submit clarifications/responses to items in the database are welcome to do so, and the site posts a disclaimer, "Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and its collaborative partners take no position on the diverse views presented in linked material by the various commentators, organizations & companies. As with any library, we cannot guarantee the factual accuracy of all the articles & reports we make."

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