Capacity exhange
ARTICLE | 11 March 2019

Empowering defenders in Quito

Mining, oil, agriculture and hydropower – the list was long when human rights defenders mapped problematic sectors in a Quito workshop arranged by Swedwatch and Solidarity Sweden – Latin America.

Conflict diamonds
ARTICLE | 16 November 2018

Will the KP ever be reformed to address the reality behind diamonds?

On November 16, the 2018 annual Kimberley Process (KP) Plenary was concluded in Brussels. KP Member countries, representatives from the diamond industry and civil society have during a full week reviewed successes and failures of the KP’s 15 years of operation.

Water crises
REPORT | 13 November 2018

Food companies fail to address water risks in Peru

Large-scale production of fruits and vegetables has created an acute water scarcity in Peru’s Ica valley. Still, despite an awareness of existing challenges, companies buying such products from the region have failed to identify and act on water-related human rights risks.

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

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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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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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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