Vigeo Eiris Applauds US Companies’ Stance against Immigration Ban

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Globalization of business has extended the reach and impact of large corporations to every part of the world. Although the basic responsibility to preserve international human rights standards still lies with the governments, there is an increasing realization that companies hold some level of responsibility as well.

International CSR ratings and research firm, Vigeo Eiris, has issued a positive alert and upgraded the Human Rights scores of three US companies – Amazon, Expedia and Microsoft. Vigeo Eiris has announced this upgrade following the decision of these three companies to take legal action against President Donald Trump’s decree banning people from seven countries from entering America, known as the "immigration ban" or "Muslim ban".

According to Vigeo Eiris, the action of Amazon, Expedia and Microsoft demonstrates their willingness and capacity to integrate prevention of human rights violations with their business strategy. The firm has upgraded the scores of these companies by 10 points on average on the non-discrimination criterion, and by more than 2 points on the criterion about their contribution to the prevention of indirect human rights violations in society.

Amazon, Expedia and Microsoft are the first US major companies to have announced their support of the lawsuit that was filed by Washington State. The lawsuit’s objective is to prove the immigration ban is unconstitutional and harmful to society and the economy.

Vigeo Eiris had previously issued a similar positive alert on Google, following the company’s decision to implement a phone service enabling people living in Egypt to bypass the Internet censorship set by the government. The firm had also issued a positive alert in 2013 on Alcatel-Lucent, France Télécom-Orange, Millicom, Nokia Siemens Networks, Telefonica, Telenor, TeliaSonera and Vodafone, who had reaffirmed their commitment to reinforce respect of Human Rights.

About the current stance of Amazon, Expedia and Microsoft, Fouad Benseddik, Director of Methods and Institutional Affairs, said that these companies have shown the proactive approach that businesses can take when exercising their social responsibility, by taking a concrete stand against discrimination and acting in favor of Human Rights, not only within their own organization but also towards their government. It is a strong and positive signal to all investors and markets engaged in the responsible management of the risks related to breaches of international conventions protecting fundamental Human Rights.

Source: Vigeo Eiris

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