Måns Carlsson- Sweeny (Ausbil Investment Management) joins the PRI’s Bettina Reinboth to explore how investors can engage with apparel companies to encourage better labour practices in the apparel industry. They discuss PRI’s recent investor briefing on the topic, including various red flags that investors should look out for which may indicate negative human rights practices in investee apparel companies and recommendations for effective investor-company engagement.
High-level trends All 32 companies publicly commit to respecting human rights. However, the level of commitment varies: a third has reached a very sophisticated level of commitment (standalone human rights policy/active participation in multi-stakeholder initiatives, etc.); a third has a clear and
High-level trends Half of the companies evaluated now report on the way they respond to human rights allegations. While companies from developed markets have slightly progressed, companies from emerging countries have stalled – with the same 14% disclosing on this area as in 2015.
High-level trends Governance and oversight Companies have made continuous progress in terms of governance and oversight – in particular there are now twice the number of companies from emerging markets and smaller sized companies that disclose how their board and senior management oversees the
High-level trends Human rights risk assessment - identifying In 2015, two companies reported on human rights risk identification; this increased to 25 in 2017, making it one of the most improved areas. Almost all target companies have incorporated human rights considerations into their risk
High-level trends Stakeholder engagement Just over half the companies reported on stakeholder engagement in 2015, while as of 2017 almost all of them do. Companies that already reported on this indicator have strengthened their level of disclosure and the overall quality of stakeholder