ARTICLE | 14 December 2020

Swedwatch webinar on public procurement and minerals in electronics

Swedwatch Webinar: Public procurement and minerals in electronics – Safeguarding human rights due diligence in supply chains of minerals used in ICT, 19 January 2020.

Pharmaceutical effluent
ARTICLE | 20 November 2020

Swedwatch highlights real cost of affordable medicine

Swedwatch joined an online dialogue this month hosted by the European Parliament’s MEP Interest Group on Antimicrobial Resistance and argued for greater transparency and increased accountability in pharmaceutical supply chains.

Investor Briefing
ARTICLE | 11 November 2020

Swedwatch urges investors to support defenders as pandemic adds to dangers

Human rights and environmental defenders play a key role in contributing to upholding democracy and sustainable development. Investors should prioritise support to them, says a new Swedwatch policy briefing which underlines the added impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their safety.

  • High-risk and conflict areas
  • Vulnerable groups
  • Climate and environment
  • Community rights
  • Public procurement
  • Labour rights

High-risk and conflict areas

In areas where there is war or conflict, or where the state is weak, there is a higher risk of human rights violations. Companies active in such areas need to know and act responsibly on these risks.

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Vulnerable groups

Some groups, for example children, indigenous peoples or migrant workers run a higher risk than others of being adversely affected by companies’ activities. Whoever they are, companies have a duty to respect their special rights.

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Climate and environment

Climate and environment are closely linked to human rights. Companies have a responsibility to know how they affect the climate and the environment, and to make sure that they do not contribute to environmental degradation and climate change.

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Community rights

Forced displacement in connection with new land-related projects is common and in breach with several human rights. People who depend on family farming might end up losing their homes and incomes when forced to move.

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Public procurement

Swedish municipalities, county councils and government authorities procure goods worth more than 63 billion euros annually. A large portion are manufactured or grown in countries where there is a high risk of negative impacts on human rights and the environment.

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Labour rights

There is a high risk of employees’ rights being abused in global supply chains. Guaranteeing good working conditions is a substantial and important part of companies’ responsibilities in terms of respecting human rights.

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