Human rights and business

Challenging how our industry works

In December 2014, Aviva Investors, together with five collaborating NGO, investor and research organisations launched the world's first wide-scale project to rank companies on their human rights performance.  

We launched the benchmark at the 2014 United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva. It aims to use the competitive nature of the markets to encourage companies to improve their human rights performance, inspiring action to tackle this important issue of our time.

The 2016 pilot benchmark, launched in March, will rank the top 100 companies in the agricultural products, apparel, and extractive industries using a rigorous methodology, developed over two years and in consultation with over 400 companies, industry associations, investors, governments, civil society representatives, academics and lawyers. The final scores will be available in November 2016.

Find out more about the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark .