Human Rights Screens
- Companies with material activity and/or investments in repressive regimes where domestic or broad-based international constituencies have called for sanctions or divestment. “Material activity” is subject to interpretation and will take into account the relative level of investment, the relative level of activity in the country, the historic and current activities of the company in other areas of CSR, and the specific régime or regimes.
- Companies which have exhibited a systematic disregard for human rights. If a company has demonstrably improved its behavior and has responded to allegations of abuses by putting systems in place to mitigate the risk of similar offenses occurring, it may be deemed acceptable for purchase.
At the very least, we choose companies which provide safe and healthy workplaces and pay their employees at least the minimum wage in their country of operation. Those companies should also recognize workers’ rights to organize and engage in collective bargaining. We also expect similar labor standards in a company’s supply chain.