KnowTheChain is a collaborative partnership between the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Humanity United, Sustainalytics, Thomson Reuters Foundation, and Verité. Each partner organization has significant expertise in addressing forced labor worldwide.
KnowTheChain is a project of Humanity United (HU), a foundation dedicated to bringing new approaches to global problems that have long been considered intractable. HU builds, leads, and supports efforts to change the systems that contribute to problems like human trafficking, mass atrocities, and violent conflict. HU is closely involved in the project management and communication efforts of the benchmarks.
The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC), a non-profit that tracks the human rights policy and performance of over 7,000 global companies, contributes to strategy development; company, investor and stakeholder engagement; methodology development; company selection; disclosure research and analysis; and the overall project management of KnowTheChain.
Sustainalytics is the largest independent provider of sustainability research and analysis to investors. Sustainalytics supports the development of the KnowTheChain methodology as well as the company selection process.
Thomson Reuters Foundation promotes the highest standards of journalism and pro bono legal advice worldwide. Thomson Reuters Foundation is responsible for leading the expansion efforts for KnowTheChain. They also provide ongoing input and support for the research efforts and media production.
Verité provides guidance to KnowTheChain’s strategy and outputs, and develops resources for companies with concrete steps on how to address forced labor in their supply chains. Although Verité provides input on the KTC benchmark methodology, they are not responsible for conducting research on companies or ranking them.