No Rights Without Remedies — An Assessment of Corporate Remedy Channels

Author(s)

NYU

Type of Resource

PDF document

Year of Release

2017

Sector

General

Regions

Global

Sub Categories

Issues Addressed

Human Rights, Labour

Objective

To analyze publicly available information from 369 companies that have made human rights commitments to assess how many of them have also established grievance mechanisms to identify and address human rights violations.

Content

Rights lack meaning without remedies. Ideally, businesses will avoid human rights violations in the first place. But if preventative measures fail, companies should offer effective remediation to affected parties.

In this research, the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights found that a quarter of corporations that publicly committed to respecting human rights lack any means to pursue remedies. Over half of the companies offer only ineffective remedy mechanisms.

Almost six years after the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles, many corporations have yet to translate their policy commitments into meaningful action.