Putting the “S” in ESG: Measuring Human Rights Performance for Investors

Over the past three decades, investor interest in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors has moved from niche to mainstream. Many attribute this shift to a rising demand from millennials and women, both groups that are increasingly seeking investments consistent with their values. A vast industry of ratings, research, and reporting services now exists to help identify corporate sustainability leaders. However, this report finds that none of these metrics yet capture companies’ performance on labor and other human rights issues.