An annual Human Rights Risk Atlas (HRRA), analysing the extent of human rights abuses in 197 countries, has revealed that human rights and labour standards risks for companies and investors are increasing on a global scale, with 48% of the world now posing ‘extreme’ or ‘high’ risks of corporate complicity in rights violations.
According to risk analysis and mapping company Maplecroft, author of the fifth annual HRRA, citizens in 95 countries are now exposed to human rights violations by states. This represents a 6% increase in countries posing ‘extreme’ or ‘high’ risks to business and investors since 2010.
Maplecroft states that the global increase in human rights risk is attributed, in part, to three main factors. First, the violent crackdown on protesters by security forces during the Arab Spring uprisings, which were sparked by anti-government sentiments relating to corruption, oppression of rights and rising food prices.