The problem
Lack of basic civil rights and access to justice continue to harm lives around the globe, including for unsentenced detainees, human rights defenders facing violence for their activism, and minorities facing the threat of police violence and other discrimination. Globally, the share of unsentenced detainees in the overall population has remained at approximately 30 percent in recent years, while murders of human rights defenders, journalists and trade unionists have risen. Corporations can support access to justice and civil rights in many ways, including through their internal policies and practices, choices of suppliers and business partners (and requirements for those partners), public stances on civil rights issues, and involvement in local communities
How companies are rated
Ethos is using 243,770 unique data points since 2017 to rate companies, stocks and funds on access to justice, including from these metrics:
Financial performance
r =
Company ratings 1-yr return
Top 10 for access to justice
Top 50 for access to justice
S&P 500 Index
Bottom 50 for access to justice
Bottom 10 for access to justice
Access to justice has a slight positive correlation (
) with financial returns, meaning companies that perform better in this impact area tend to perform slightly better financially
Data partners and sources
What this formula is about
Civil rights
access to justice
minority rights
hate crimes
UN Sustainable Development Goal 16