Sustainable Finance and Human Rights: How are European financial institutions addressing human rights in their activities?

Focus on the role of businesses integrating and addressing human rights within their operations has steadily grown since the introduction of the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in 2011. In recent years, new regulations, such as the EU’s disclosure regulations, are increasingly shaping the global sustainable finance landscape and human rights is steadily claiming attention.

The report, a follow on of a study of a 2020 study, documents how the European financial services industry factors human rights considerations into its operations, comparing it where possible to the status two years ago. The research focuses on banks and asset managers based predominantly in six European countries, namely France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK.

Project leads: Cecila Barral Diego & Lilach Zacharia-Trabelsi
Project team: Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, Charles Muller, Markus Löning, Ana Corte & Maxine Bichler
Date: 5 October 2022
Publisher: Luxembourg for Finance