Recognising the link between a healthy planet and human rights

The impacts of the climate emergency and biodiversity loss are intensifying. Business as usual is no longer acceptable.

Human rights are intrinsically linked to climate and environmental issues, and we help our members recognise and respond to these interconnections. We support them in transitioning to more sustainable practices that respect human rights.

A photo of a middle-aged man in a field of crops, taking a break from the heat by drinking a large bottle of juice. A photo of a man sat on a wooden wagon piled with straw, being pulled by two working cows.

Within the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector, agricultural and food production contributes notably to the climate emergency, biodiversity loss and ecological degradation.

Hotter temperatures reduce food production, and ocean fisheries, food safety, transportation and storage are all negatively affected. These crises cause human rights issues for workers, and directly impact people’s livelihoods and quality of life.

New legislation reflects the interconnected nature of these risks and aims to drive environmental transformations that respect people and their rights. Companies need to take a holistic approach to human rights, environmental and climate risks.

Working Group

Climate Change and Just Transition

This group researched and created a report, The Fast-Moving Consumer Goods Sector and the Just Transition: The State of Play and the Road Ahead. It integrates just transition into supplier events around the globe and through our regional hubs. And it holds a series of learning webinars to engage AIM-Progress members on the topic. The group’s objectives are to:

  • help members integrate climate and human rights through best practice and collaborative projects with the Africa and APAC hubs
  • support broader industry awareness of, and engagement in, a just transition
  • forge links between the intersection of human rights and purchasing practices