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Our vision

Swedwatch’s vision is a world in which global economic systems are just, transparent and sustainable.
Human rights and the environment are protected and respected and businesses contribute to sustainable
development and inclusive growth within the means of the planet.

Our mission

Swedwatch’s mission is to empower rights holders and to promote responsible business practices
and inclusive growth. We do this by highlighting how people and the planet are impacted by company activities
and by building bridges for change across stakeholder groups.

How we work

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.

Read more about high-risk and conflict areas

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.

Read more about vulnerable groups

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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

Read more about climate and environment

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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.

Read more about community rights

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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.

Read more about public procurement

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.

Read more about labour rights