Whether a worker in a factory, a dissident using the Internet to express his or her views, or members of a community living around a mine, those affected by business operations do not always have a voice against the practices of multinational corporations. Although companies have become increasingly aware of the impact their business practices have on human rights, what remains less clear is how to incorporate respect for human rights into their operations while still preserving profitability. Human Rights First has helped develop multi-stakeholder initiatives to address the following issues:
- Labor Rights: we played a leading role in establishing the Fair Labor Association (FLA) for the apparel and footwear industries.
- Internet Freedom and Privacy: we helped launch The Global Network Initiative (GNI) for the Information & Communications Technology (ICT) sector.
- Natural Resources and Security: we are working with partners to develop Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights for the oil and mining industries.