This report presents findings from the first ever analysis of Fortune 100 companies’ publicly available policies on three key human rights issues associated with the global economy: forced labor, human trafficking, and the trade in conflict minerals. Our project team reviewed company websites and conducted internet searches to gather and review policies as a key indicator of how major corporations address their potential links to these practices, particularly in relation to global supply chains. We found that more than half of all Fortune 100 companies (54 percent) have publicly available policies addressing human trafficking and that nearly two-thirds (66 percent) have publicly available policies on forced labor.
Some of these companies have limited engagement with international production and global supply chains (such as those working in insurance, banking, and financial services). So, we removed these companies from the analysis, leaving us with 79 companies that we term our “Target Group.” Within the Target Group, nearly two-thirds (66 percent) had publically available policies related to human trafficking and over three-quarters (76 percent) had policies related to forced labor. Because policies regarding the trade in conflict minerals are only relevant for a reduced group of Fortune 100 companies, we report those results separately.