Workshop on the investor responsibility to respect human rights
On June 20, the Investor Alliance hosted a workshop on the topic of the investor responsibility to respect human rights. The workshop provided a platform for interactive and collaborative exchange between investment groups and human rights organizations while building the capacity of participants on the topic of investor responsibility. Find a summary of the workshop discussion here.
Ranking Digital Rights (RDR)
RDR released its 2019 Corporate Accountability Index, which evaluates 24 internet, mobile, and telecommunications companies on their freedom of expression and privacy policies and practices.
The Investor Alliance attended the RightsCon conference hosted in Tunisia by Access Now in June. Nearly 3,000 participants attended and some 450 sessions were hosted on a range of tech sector topics. Director Paloma Muñoz Quick spoke during the Opening Plenary on the importance of investor-civil society collaboration and led a panel discussion, Responsible Investing 101: Investor Action on Human Rights in the Digital Era, alongside members Robeco, Sycomore Asset Management, and the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment. Find the RightsCon Tunis 2019 Learnings here.
In June, the Investor Alliance participated in a series of OECD-related meetings in Bangkok with partners and allies. Associate Director Sara Blackwell led a session on investor engagement and collaboration during the OECD Watch Global Civil Society Gathering and spoke on the panel New Norms and New Technologies: AI, Privacy Protection, Cybersecurity, and Beyond at the OECD Responsible Business and Human Rights Forum.
The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR)
DIHR has released a discussion paper on how companies can take an integrated approach between the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda. They also released a publication, Respecting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: A Due Diligence Checklist for Companies, that instructs companies on proper due diligence where projects may affect indigenous peoples.
In June, UNICEF released a briefing, Why Businesses Should Invest in Digital Child Safety, that includes a Child Online Safety Assessment Tool to help companies understand and assess the impact of technologies on children’s rights. The briefing also offers instructions and advice on working with ICT companies to assess and integrate children’s rights throughout digital operations and policies.