Consultation on The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

About this consultation

The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC) is conducting this consultation on The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) on behalf of the scheme, led by a consortium of 6 corporations. These are: 2 large investment houses (Aviva Investors and Calvert); VBDO, an association of investors for sustainable development; EIRIS, a research agency; the Institute for Human Rights and Business; and the BHRRC.


The CHRB scheme seeks to drive responsible business activities by developing a transparent, publicly available and credible benchmark of company human rights performance. It aims to create a robust benchmark against which major global companies can be assessed. It will rank the top 500 globally listed companies on their human rights policy, process and performance, harnessing the competitive nature of the markets to drive better human rights' performance. They are initially focussing on the following sectors: Extractive, Apparel and Agriculture. The intention is that the CHRB will:

  • make corporate performance on human rights easier to see and simpler to understand
  • rank and reward companies doing well while highlighting poor performance of others
  • enable investors, society and regulators to challenge companies where performance lags behind that of their peers
  • introduce a positive competitive environment within which companies can operate.

Proposed changes

They are currently seeking input on two key documents to inform their Methodology:

  1. Framework Paper for Multi-Stakeholder Consultations giving an overview, framework and process for the new CHRB, together with its aims.
  2. Draft List of Indicators giving intended measures of corporate human rights commitment and performance.

The draft Methodology will be revised in light of public input by November 2015, and BHRRC will subsequently publish the first pilot Benchmark in June 2016.

Consultation questions

Please send us your responses to the consultation questions (listed below) or any other comments to by 2 September 2015:

Consultation questions

Q1. Have CHRB got the principles behind the weighting of the ‘measurement themes’ correct to ensure a balance between policy and performance? If no, what needs changing? (p.7 of Framework Paper)

Q2. Have CHRB covered the Key Sector Risks that we should be considering for the Extractive, Agriculture and Apparel Sectors? (p.23 of Draft List of Indicators:

Key Sector risks - The risks regularly regarded as potentially severe and/or likely within the sector and that companies are expected to demonstrate, through a process of human rights due diligence, how they are preventing them or why they are not relevant. Therefore, while these risks are anticipated to be relevant given the company’s sector, they may not necessarily be the individual company’s most salient human rights issues (see salient human rights issues below).

Salient human rights issues - Those human rights that are at risk of the most severe negative impacts through a company’s activities or business relationships. They therefore vary from company to company.”)

Q3. Is the Benchmark fit for purpose for all stakeholders? (p.4 (Expected Impacts) of Framework Paper)

Q4. Please give feedback on ‘measurement themes’ and indicators? (see Draft List of Indicators)

Please comment on the measurement theme, list of indicators, wording of indicators or scoring.

Please comment on the measurement theme, list of indicators, wording of indicators or scoring.

B.1 Policy Commitments (5%)

B.2 Board Level Accountability (5%)

Please comment on the measurement theme, list of indicators, wording of indicators or scoring.

C.1. Embedding policy (5%)

C.2. Human Rights due Diligence (15%)

C.3. Remedies and Grievance Mechanisms (10%)

Please comment on the measurement theme, list of indicators, wording of indicators or scoring.

D.1. KPIs & Good Practices (20%)

D.2. Adverse Events (20%)


Q5. Do you have any additional feedback and comments?

Members also wishing to make a direct personal response to the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre can do so here by 2 October 2015. Thank you.