Report: Over 90% of Global Companies Fail to Uphold Human Rights, Labor Standards

Report: Over 90% of Global Companies Fail to Uphold Human Rights, Labor Standards
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The Facts

  • In a report released Tuesday, the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) found that over 90% of the world's 2K big global firms — including Amazon, BMW, Nestle, Pfizer, and Shein — are not doing enough to effectively address human rights, workplace conditions, and corporate ethics.

  • Multinational firms control 45% of the global economy and affect more people than many governments because of their wealth and influence. The study suggests that big firms are missing opportunities to enhance hundreds of millions of lives.

The Spin

Narrative A

In order to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals and meet the target of halving poverty by 2030, it's essential for the private sector to adopt socially responsible business practices, uphold human rights, ensure safe workplaces, pay fair wages, and pay their fair share of taxes. Responsible lobbying is also crucial in the effort to reduce poverty. Social movements worldwide are calling for an economic system that prioritizes the welfare of billions over the wealthiest few individuals.

Narrative B

Free trade and a robust private sector are often targeted as being the source of labor and social woes, but in reality, child labor has diminished, wages have increased, and the workplace has become safer in the era of globalization. Wealthy countries also tend to lead innovation regarding renewable energy and impoverished nations often benefit from engagement from multinational corporations. The private sector is a massive boon to social well-being.

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