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EIRIS begins rights study

October 2000

A major survey into European companies' human rights policies is to be carried out by the London-based Ethical Investment Research Service (EIRIS).

Around 1000 UK companies and a further 500 continental European businesses are being sent questionnaires that ask how far they take account of human rights issues, whether they have developed company-wide employment codes of conduct and whether they carry out any form of supply chain monitoring.

A pilot exercise involving 50 companies – set up to 'gauge the level to pitch questions' – has already found that four-fifths of respondents had undertaken initiatives in at least two of these three areas.

The pilot was sent to a range of companies working in different sectors, but most were selected on the basis of having overseas operations in countries with poor human rights records.

EIRIS claims the full survey will be the most comprehensive corporate human rights research ever carried out in the UK and mainland Europe.




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