About the Investor Alliance for Human Rights
Given the range of current threats to human rights globally, and the need to ensure greater accountability for corporate human rights abuses, coordinated investor action is needed to press companies to uphold their responsibility to respect human rights and make sure governments and other actors create environments that protect human rights and enable responsible business conduct.
To help meet this challenge, the Investor Alliance for Human Rights provides investors with a platform to build their own capacity on human rights and engage companies on salient human rights issues, as well as governments and other standard-setting bodies to push for policies that address corporate human rights abuses.
In this process, the Investor Alliance increases investor leverage to identify, assess, and address salient human rights issues through collective action, capacity building, and multi-stakeholder engagement.
The Investor Alliance convenes, informs, and activates investors to act on human rights and business risks through campaigns and urgent actions. The issues and sectors where our collective action is focused are identified through ongoing mappings of human rights and business issues, investors raising issues for consideration, and close collaborations with civil society, trade unions, community-led organizations, and other stakeholders connected to impacts on the ground.
The criteria used to inform decision-making on collective action is based on the degree of risk to people (including the scale, scope, and remediability of the corporate human rights abuse) and the convergent risks to business, including operational, reputational, and legal risks.
Like companies, investors have a responsibility to respect human rights throughout their own business activities. As such, investors should identify, prevent, mitigate, and where appropriate address adverse risks and impacts connected to their business.
To help investors live up to this responsibility, the Investor Alliance provides investors with targeted guidance and tools to help them not only maximize their leverage through informed collective action, but also their capacity to address human rights risks by integrating human rights criteria throughout investment decision-making and corporate engagements.
A fundamental and cross-cutting aspect of the Investor Alliance is to build and foster partnerships with relevant stakeholders to help operationalize human rights and business standards. Relevant stakeholders include civil society groups, community-based organizations, faith groups, trade unions, academics, national human rights institutions, international and regional institutions, and others. This promotes a cohesive approach to addressing human rights issues,and helps maximize our collective impact while surfacing gaps where more concerted action is needed.
The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) launched the Investor Alliance for Human Rights in 2018 to provide institutional investors with a dedicated platform to increase their capacity and impact in addressing human rights risks associated with business activities.
Founded in 1971, ICCR is the pioneer coalition of shareholder advocates who engage corporations on social and environmental impacts. Its 300 member organizations comprise faith communities, socially responsible asset managers, unions, pensions, NGOs, and other socially responsible investors with combined assets of over $400 billion. ICCR members engage hundreds of corporations annually in an effort to foster greater corporate accountability.
To learn more, visit: www.iccr.org