Human Rights Radar

Identify companies at risk of becoming complicit in human rights incidents


Companies that are active in countries and territories where grave human rights violations often take place run a heightened risk of complicity in these violations even as a matter of  their normal course of business. Sustainalytics’ research enables investors to identify these companies, understand the nature of their activities and how those activities pose risks for human rights incidents.

Investors can use Human Rights Radar to gain a deeper view into potential human rights-related portfolio risks and ensure compliance with client-specific investment mandates, investment policies and international norms and treaties.

Key Benefits


Identify public companies complicit in human rights violations.



Learn about campaigns that have been initiated against the company.


Understand the role and nature of the company’s involvement as part of the final integrated human rights risk assessment.


Receive country reports with background information on international treaties and human rights concerns.


Take a rights-first approach with alignment to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.


Access up-to-date and high quality research from collection and processing of thousands of news sources on a daily basis.

Research Overview:

Sustainalytics analyzes a company’s involvement based on...

Nature of Involvement

Uses the following criteria to classify the severity and accountability of involvement:

  • Direct violation of human rights
  • Provision of tailored products and services
  • Benefits perpetrators or exacerbates grievances
  • Minor economic activities or sales

Impact of Involvement

Assesses whether a business activity normalizes, facilitates, expands or enforces human rights violations in a country, based on the country context.

Extent of Involvement

Looks at the number of high-risk countries a company is involved in to determine the overall impact a company might have on human rights globally.

Company Management

Assesses a company’s preparedness to prevent and/or mitigate adverse human rights impacts in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the local context in which it operates.

Coverage in 16 Countries and Disputed Territories



Central African Republic, China, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Libya, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.


Disputed Territories

Palestine, Western Sahara and Tibet

Sustainalytics does not take a position on the definition or politics of disputed territories.

Issues by Country

Sustainalytics’ proprietary methodology for the Human Rights Radar was developed with input and feedback from various stakeholders. In particular, our gratitude goes out to our valued client Wespath.

Why Sustainalytics?


A Single Market Standard

Consistent approach to ESG assessments across the investment spectrum.


Award-Winning Research and Data

Firm recognized as Best ESG Research and Data Provider by Environmental Finance and Investment Week.


End-to-End ESG Solutions

ESG products and services that serve the entire investment value chain.


25+ Years ESG Expertise

500+ ESG research analysts across our global offices.


Largest Second-Party Opinion Provider

As recognized by Environmental Finance and the Climate Bonds Initiative.

Related Insights and Resources

biodiversity and ESG stewardship

3 Reasons to Skill Up and Scale Up ESG Stewardship in 2022

As our clients and the industry at large focus on proactively mitigating risk and capitalizing on this evolving landscape, stewardship will be a key lever for savvy investors—particularly those facing external pressure to divest. Here are the ESG themes we see influencing stewardship priorities this year.

Climate Action for Investors

For Investors with Ambitions to Lead on Climate Action Post COP26

In the weeks following COP26, investors in the UK and worldwide face a myriad of upcoming climate-related regulations heading towards the implementation phase. In addition, major global coalitions such as the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero have sprung up to attempt to accelerate decarbonization via targeted investment.

cop26 trending themes for investors

COP 26: A Spotlight on Emerging Climate Action Themes for Investors

Reactions to the COP26 Conference and the resulting Glasgow Climate Pact have predictably run the gamut from claims of greenwashing to the celebration of progress in the fight against climate change. Ultimately, any judgement on COP26 may be premature, as the success of the conference will best be measured in time by the extent to which commitments made are put into motion. While we wait to see the concrete actions that materialize, the past two weeks have underscored the importance of several themes that will garner increasing attention and should be considered by sustainable investors.

EU Action Plan SFDR

Momentum Around Principal Adverse Impact Data Remains Strong Despite SFDR Delays

Despite the shifting timelines, we observe that the market momentum around PAIs is not diminishing, quite the contrary. Investors in the scope of the regulation are using the fourth quarter of this year to get acquainted with PAI data and set up their systems. Most investors we speak with want to be prepared in time to be able to monitor PAIs throughout 2022 and adjust their portfolios to boost their PAIs (or rather limit the downside, as these are adverse impact indicators). This means that PAIs may significantly impact stock selection and portfolio construction by fund managers keen to have ‘good’ PAI scores.

Related Products 


Defense Research

Create a robust defense policy with our Controversial Weapons Radar and Arms Trade Research. 

Learn More
norms based screening

Global Standards Screening

Identify companies in breach of the UN Global Compact to support your norms-based screening strategy.

Learn More

Global Standards Engagement

Engage with companies that breach international norms and standards as identified by our Global Standards Screening research.

>Learn More