Since our Center began in 2013, we have published diagnostic reports on key human rights challenges
in the apparel, construction, technology, and investment industries.
In May 2019, the Center published “Made in Ethiopia: Challenges in the Garment Industry's New Frontier,” an examination of how the global apparel industry operates in Ethiopia. The report features a set of nine recommendations for how the industry and the Ethiopian government, foreign manufacturers, and Western brands can address the human rights challenges created by the lowest wages in the entire global supply chain for clothing.
In early 2019, we released ”Tackling Domestic Disinformation: What Social Media Companies Need to Do”, a detailed look at false content generated in the U.S. that undermines democracy.
In July 2018 the Center published Combating Russian Disinformation: The Case for Stepping Up the Fight Online. The report provides a detailed examination of Russian disinformation campaigns and recommends a series of steps that industry and governments can take to overcome this and future digital threats to democracy.
In November 2017, the Center published Harmful Content: The Role of Internet Platform Companies In Fighting Terrorist Incitement and Politically Motivated Disinformation. The report grew out of discussion at the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Human Rights. It focused on how Google, Facebook, Twitter and Microsoft could more effectively fight terrorist incitement and politically motivated disinformation on their platforms.
In March 2017, the Center published Putting the 'S' in ESG: Measuring Human Rights Performance for Investors, an in-depth study of 12 leading frameworks for assessing companies’ social practices and impacts. It found that current measurement focuses on what is most convenient rather than most meaningful. Ninety-two percent of measures looked at company governance structures without any attempt to evaluate the effectiveness of those structures.
In March 2017, the Center published, Making Workers Pay: Recruitment of the Migrant Labor Force in the Gulf Construction Industry. The report revealed that workers regularly pay thousands of dollars over the real costs of recruitment to secure jobs. It also identified the business practices, both in Gulf construction and in the recruitment industry, that lead to the charging of these fees. The current system requires many workers to incur heavy debt, leaving them vulnerable to other forms of exploitation once they arrive in the Gulf.
In December 2015, the Center published an interactive map showing Bangladesh's 7,000 garment factories. This number is almost double prior estimates, shining a light on the scale of sub-contracting in global fashion supply chains. The map and accompanying report, Beyond the Tip of the Iceberg: Bangladesh's Forgotten Apparel Workers, were the result of a year-long study in which the Center systematically examined official records and conducted a survey of almost 500 factories
In April 2014, the Center published Business as Usual is Not an Option: Supply Chains and Sourcing after Rana Plaza. The collapse of Rana Plaza, which killed over 1,100 workers, revealed the safety risks and poor working conditions endemic in the Bangladeshi garment industry. On the basis of over 100 interviews and two convenings in New York and Dhaka, which brought buyers together with their local suppliers, we identified indirect sourcing as the problem most in need of greater attention.