13th October 2014, Geneva
An alliance of organisations, of which the Universal Rights Group is part, has commissioned The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to carry out a global programme of research to build understanding of business awareness, commitment and progress regarding human rights.
As part of the research, the EIU will survey over 750 businesses (including major multinationals and SMEs) from around the world, to investigate motivators for business action, whether businesses have made a formal commitment to respect human rights, how they are approaching implementation of that commitment, and the extent to which the environment in which businesses operate helps or hinders their ability to respect human rights. Of the 750+ respondents, the EIU will aim to secure 50% of the responses from C-suite executives and 50% from senior managers across diverse business functions.
Provisional results from the survey are expected to be ready for the 2014 United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights (early December in Geneva). The EIU will then publish a research report in the first quarter of 2015, which will include full analysis of the survey results and insights from interviews with leading experts and businesspeople.
Depending on the success of the initiative, the partners hope to establish this as an annual exercise in order to inform the strategies and work of business and all interested actors.
The research programme is being sponsored and supported by:
• Universal Rights Group
• DLA Piper
• Global Business Initiative on Human Rights
• International Chamber of Commerce
• International Organisation of Employers
• Government of Norway
• Government of United Kingdom
Please address any queries to the project coordinator:
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