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De-contextualized Corporate Human Rights Benchmarks: Whose Perspective Counts? See Disclaimer

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1 Ruggie, John G and Middleton, Emily K, ‘Money, Millennials and Human Rights: Sustaining “Sustainable Investing”’ (2019) 10:1 Global Policy 144.

2 CHRB, ‘Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Methodology 2017’, (accessed 10 April 2019).

3 RMI, ‘Responsible Mining Index 2018’, (accessed 10 April 2019).

4 Oliver Balch, ‘The Disruptors: The Man Holding Companies to Account on SDGs’ (9 April 2019), (accessed 10 April 2019).

5 CHRB, ‘Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Methodology 2019 for the Agricultural Products, Apparel and Extractives Industries’, 100, (accessed 11 April 2019).

6 See, e.g., RepRisk, ‘About Us’, (accessed 11 April 2019).

7 The Environmental Justice Atlas documents and catalogues social conflict around environmental issues. It aims to make these instances of mobilization more visible, highlight claims and testimonies, and to make the case for true corporate and state accountability for the injustices inflicted through their activities; see: (accessed 11 April 2019).

8 Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros en América Latina, (accessed 11 April 2019).

9 Instituto Nacional de Derechos Humanos, (accessed 11 April 2019).

11 Vale was included by CHRB until 28 January 2019, after which it was expelled for a year due to a second fatal tailings dam disaster at Brumadinho, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

12 Environmental Justice Atlas, note 7.

13 The first version of this piece was submitted to the journal in December 2018.

14 ‘CHRB Response to Brumadinho Dam Disaster – Vale Suspension from Human Rights Benchmark’ (2019) (accessed 29 January 2019).

15 ‘Globonews Vale prevê mais dois anos para reparar danos do desastre da Samarco, diz presidente’, (accessed 9 January 2019).

16 CHRB, ‘Response to Brumadinho Dam Disaster’, note 14.

17 BBC Peru, ‘State of Emergency over Conga Mine to Expire’ (2012), (accessed 29 January 2019).

18 America Economía, ‘Reguladores de Brasil ordenan a Anglo American frenar nuevamente operaciones en el país tras filtración’, (accessed 29 January 2019).

19 Superintendencia Medioambiente de Chile, ‘SMA sanciona con la clausura definitiva al proyecto minero Pascua Lama’, (accessed 29 January 2019).

20 Registraduría Nacional del Estado Civil, (accessed 29 January 2019).

21 OHCHR, ‘Human Rights Indicators: A Guide to Measurement and Implementation’ (OHCHR, 2012) 27, citing the address of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights (2006–2012) at the Montreux Conference, ‘Statistics, Development and Human Rights’ (September 2000).

22 CHRB, ‘Corporate Human Rights Benchmark Methodology 2019’, note 5.

23 RMI, Responsible Mining Index 2018’, (accessed 11 April 2019).

24 The CHRB should be acknowledged for withdrawing Vale from its benchmark after the Brumadinho dam disaster in late January 2019.

25 See UN General Assembly, ‘Report of the Working Group on the Issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises’, A/72/162 (18 July 2017).


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