ERM CEO Keryn James joins over 30 business executives to call for urgent business leadership on respect for human rights

27 June 2019

ERM has signed the CEO Guide to Human Rights, published by the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) that was launched at the Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit 2019 in London.

The Guide brings to life the business drivers for action and the tangible steps CEOs can take to ensure their companies go beyond compliance and drive transformative change in people's lives.

These 35 forward-thinking top executives are sending clear messages to raise the bar on human rights performance, embed human rights in corporate culture, set clear expectations of suppliers and business partners and drive meaningful engagement and collaborations with peers, governments as well as civil society. The executives who have signed this Guide represent 35 WBCSD member companies headquartered across 17 countries, with 2.8 million direct employees and extensive global supply chains across 17 industry sectors.

"Business has a fundamental responsibility to respect human rights, but also a huge opportunity to transform people's lives for the better. Realizing universal human rights for all is one of the most powerful opportunities we have to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)", said Peter Bakker, WBCSD's President and CEO. "The Guide puts forward a bold and unprecedented statement from business leaders, whose companies' actions and policies influence vast global supply chains. We hope their leadership will inspire other CEOs to take action in support of this important cause."

Read ERM's most recent Modern Slavery Act Statement
Learn more about ERM's recent activities around Human Rights in our 2019 Sustainability report

CEO Guide to Human Rights

Learn more about role CEO leadership plays in ensuring that human rights are taken seriously and the drivers for action in WBCSD's new guide.

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