Technology often comes with intended and unintended consequences for human rights: data abuse, possible privacy or legal violations by governments, law enforcement agencies or others. We require tech and ICT companies to manage these potential human rights violations a priori, by developing precautionary policies and programs respecting and protecting human rights.
In general, we require companies to be aligned with the recommendations and standards defined by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and by relevant international organizations (e.g. OECD, ILO, IFC) and conventions (e.g. UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UN Global Compact). Our standards cover themes such as forced and child labour, right to collective bargaining, discrimination, land acquisition, and conflict minerals, among others.