Nearly half of the world’s biggest wind and solar companies have scored below 10% on human rights performance, according to the first benchmark ranking the renewables sector on protection of workers and communities.
The new benchmark – released by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre and advised by the likes of Boston Common Asset Management, Principles for Responsible Investment and LSE’s Grantham Research Institute – assesses 16 publicly-traded wind and solar producers against human rights standards.
The Renewable Energy and Human Rights Benchmark, which will be used in future years to measure companies’ progress, awarded seven of the 16 companies scores below 10%, and three quarters (12 out of 16) below 40%.
According to the research, since 2010 the renewables sector has attracted at least 197 allegations of human rights abuses – including killings, threats and land grabs – with around 40 in the last year.
Even the highest ranking com…