UNGP training
ARTICLE | 20 November 2017

Swedwatch and Sierra Leone’s HRDN in joint training on human rights and business

In connection with a report launch in Sierra Leone, Swedwatch and Human Rights Defenders Network arranged a training on business and human rights for human rights defenders in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

New report on exit strategies
REPORT | 8 November 2017

Swedfund, FMO failed to respect human rights when exiting bioenergy project

The report ”No business, no rights” shows how local communities were affected when a bio-energy project in Sierra Leone stalled and development finance institutions Swedfund and FMO exited without securing the rights of local communities were respected.

New website
ARTICLE | 20 October 2017

New website

Welcome to Swedwatch’s new website. Here you will find information on our work and can browse through our reports and statements.

  • Public procurement
  • High-risk and conflict areas
  • Vulnerable groups
  • Climate and environment
  • Community rights
  • Labour rights

Public procurement

Swedish municipalities, county councils and government authorities procure goods worth more than 63 billion euros annually. A large portion are manufactured or grown in countries where there is a high risk of negative impacts on human rights and the environment.

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High-risk and conflict areas

In areas where there is war or conflict, or where the state is weak, there is a higher risk of human rights violations. Companies active in such areas need to know and act responsibly on these risks.

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Vulnerable groups

Some groups, for example children, indigenous peoples or migrant workers run a higher risk than others of being adversely affected by companies’ activities. Whoever they are, companies have a duty to respect their special rights.

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Climate and environment

Climate and environment are closely linked to human rights. Companies have a responsibility to know how they affect the climate and the environment, and to make sure that they do not contribute to environmental degradation and climate change.

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Community rights

Forced displacement in connection with new land-related projects is common and in breach with several human rights. People who depend on family farming might end up losing their homes and incomes when forced to move.

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Labour rights

There is a high risk of employees’ rights being abused in global supply chains. Guaranteeing good working conditions is a substantial and important part of companies’ responsibilities in terms of respecting human rights.

Read more about Labour rights