Our key takeaway: Democracy is on the decline. Freedom House reports a consecutive 17-year decline in overall political rights and civil liberties, spanning every region across the globe. This decline impacts companies: fewer freedom and rights in countries where they operate, source and sell makes it harder to respect human rights in their operations. Takeaways: Strengthen and follow through on commitments to respect the rights of human rights and environmental defenders, journalists, trade unionists and other members of civil society. Also: conduct human rights due diligence that incorporates the level of civil and political repression in a country.
Freedom House released its 50th annual Freedom in the World report (March 2023):