Business and Human Rights

The HRI aims to reshape the thinking of governments and businesses on the role of the private sector in strengthening human rights protections around the world, raising expectations of companies to respect international norms, and pressing for accountability by governments when they do not

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Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

What Does the ESG Backlash Mean for Human Rights?

The use of ESG considerations by companies and investors has recently faced backlash at the state and federal level in the United States. The CSIS Human Rights Initiative examines the potential impact of these responses on the global ESG landscape and human rights.

Commentary by ​Marti Flacks and Hannah Norman — August 16, 2023