Last year saw a flurry of investor activity when it came to human rights; the topic which has longed played second – even third or fourth – fiddle to climate change is (finally) becoming a central issue.
When RI conducted a survey in July last year, two-thirds of the 130 respondents said they believe human rights will become as mainstream a consideration as climate change for investors.
Engagements centering on human rights and geopolitics witnessed a particular surge in momentum in 2021.
From seeking to address “egregious human rights risks” in their portfolios from potential ties to the Xinjiang region of China, to tackling tech companies’ business activities in Myanmar, and kickstarting a human rights equivalent to CA100+, investors did not shy away from voicing their concerns and using the power of stewardship.
2022 will not only see these dialogues deepen, but also - as investors become more confident - it would not be surprising to …