ICAR launches new project on "Robots and Rights"

The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) is pleased to announce the launch of a new project--Robots and Rights: The Impacts of Automation and Mechanization on Human Rights.

 In recent years, the “future of work” has been a topic of heated debate and speculation. As automation and mechanization continues to develop through robotics and artificial intelligence, difficult questions arise regarding the broader impact of these advancements on jobs, workers, and wages. With automation and mechanization advancing into sectors where the traditional work force was built upon manual human labor, inquiries into the impacts of robots on rights must be addressed.

Robots and Rights seeks to foster discourse and explore solutions to the challenges posed to human rights from automation and mechanization in the apparel, electronics, and agriculture sectors. The project will also feed into a larger Robots & Rights Symposium in 2018, which seeks to bring together key leaders from the human rights, labor, and development communities to discuss the actual and potential impacts of robots on human rights and explore policy and advocacy strategies and solutions.

For more information, please contact Cindy Woods, Legal and Policy Associate, cindy@icar.ngo.