Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum

The Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum aims to support global companies in their efforts to better understand and address human rights impacts in their operations and supply chains. Users can access in-depth analyses of human rights issues, as well as case studies illustrating how other businesses have addressed the human rights dilemmas they encounter, in a responsible and sustainable manner.

The Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum is produced jointly by the United Nations Global Compact and Verisk Maplecroft, and is funded by the GE Foundation. Unless otherwise indicated, the content is not intended to reflect the official positions, views or opinions of the UN.

About the United Nations Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to voluntarily align their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals and issues. The UN Global Compact is a leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible corporate policies and practices. Launched in 2000, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with over 8,000 companies and 4,000 non-business signatories based in 160 countries.

About Verisk Maplecroft

Verisk Maplecroft’s data-driven solutions offer global scope, granular detail and singular insight into the primary political risk, human rights, economic and environmental issues impacting organisational resilience, sustainable sourcing and the investment landscape.

Over 10 years, we’ve worked hand-in-hand with the world’s most sophisticated brands to develop a unique portfolio of global risk analytics, expert insight and user-centric platforms. These resources enable us to deliver a holistic evaluation of the key strategic, operational and reputational risks facing multinational organisations, their suppliers and the raw materials they source for any location worldwide.

By using our data and analysis companies gain a competitive edge in their decision-making across critical functions of their business, including: business resilience, responsible procurement, compliance, market entry, security, sustainability, human rights due diligence and ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) investment. Working with us enables companies to:

  • Benchmark countries, commodities and suppliers against the industry’s leading and most wide-ranging portfolio of risk analytics
  • Identify, monitor and understand the full spectrum of inherent risks, down to subnational levels across the value chain
  • Draw on trusted, independent insight from world-class analysts to inform strategic and operational decision-making
  • Instantly flag high risk operations, suppliers and raw materials by blending company specific data with our analytics on a user-centric data and mapping platform to improve company resilience
  • Develop reputational leadership in human rights and environmental stewardship

About the GE Foundation

The GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of the General Electric Company, works to solve some of the world's most difficult problems. In coordination with its partners, it supports U.S. and international education, the environment, public policy, human rights, and disaster relief around the globe. In addition, the GE Foundation supports GE employee and retiree giving and involvement in GE communities around the world. In 2011, the GE Foundation contributed more than US$115 million to global community and educational needs.