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Welcome to the Rights Now Foundation

The Rights Now Foundation wants to improve the lives and life chances of humans in vulnerable situations. We provide financial contributions to various projects, efforts and initiatives. We also engage in advocacy work primarily by sharing our knowledge and spreading information from our partners and their projects. Overall, we want to bring about a change toward a more just and equitable world. We believe that it is possible by the active engagement of people and by cooperation among all actors in our global common society.

Through partnerships and targeted financial support we want to help bring humans out of their vulnerable situations. It is often practical matters that changes and improve the living conditions and prospects for individuals or social groups that today are deprived of their basic human rights.

Rights Now supports active efforts that:

  • Provide humans with more power, agency, more influence and more choices.
  • Contributes to human empowerment and social mobilization.
  • Increases equality and gender equality.

It’s about the insight that any of us can find ourselves in difficult situations and face challenges hard to handle alone. We need social support and good conditions to take us out or change our lives. To secure our human rights and to thrive as human beings.

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Our vision is a world where people’s rights are met. A world in which every person is respected and appreciated, where humans feel agency and influence, opportunity and optimism. It is a world where people, regardless of gender, age, class, social class, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, geographic location, disability, or other circumstances that unite or divide people, has social, political and economic opportunities to influence their own lives and to participate actively in society and its design.

The foundation’s values are based on the conviction that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights that all people have a responsibility, and that States have specific obligations. Human rights are universal, they apply throughout the world, regardless of country, culture or specific situation. All rights are important, mutually cooperative and parts of the same whole. Rights should never be against each other.

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Human rights cover many aspects of human life. They are aimed at all people should have the opportunity to live a decent life, and therefore include rules on people’s ability to survive – including food, shelter, health, safety, the right of people to their innermost thoughts and perceptions about religion and ideology, on the protection for the individual and the family, freedom from torture and slavery, on the right to education, work, freedom of expression, freedom of association, participation in society and in government.

These values are based on the following conventions and declarations:

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
The International Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
The International Convention on the Rights of the Child.
European Convention on Human Rights
1951 Geneva Convention and other international conventions and resolutions on refugees and stateless rights.

Ethical investment policy

Rights Now Foundation and its board is responsible for that the foundation has a finance and investment policy that complies with clear ethical guidelines. The policy is reviewed continuously to maintain the highest possible standards, based on existing knowledge and current situation. The foundation’s capital will be invested in accordance with our vision and our values.

Our goal is that the assets are positioned to provide the best possible return and value growth, so that a good risk spread and duration are achieved, also with regard to:

  • Sustainable social, economic and environmental development.
  • Human Rights working.
  • Environmental and health impacts.
  • Anti-corruption.

We believe that private companies and corporations – as well as other actors in society – has a responsibility for how society is shaped and develops. They have abilities to contribute to further evolve the creation of an egalitarian and just society. Corporations Rights Now choose to invest in should promote and work towards a sustainable social, economic and environmental development, the realization of human rights, good working conditions, a reduced environmental and health impacts, and must actively renounce and combat corruption.

The stock / fund investments should as far as possible be made in companies that are in an acceptable manner in compliance with the requirements of international conventions on human rights and sustainable development from social, economic and environmental points of view. Companies should strive to conduct its business in accordance with the UN Global Compact principles.

UN Global Compact principles constitute the minimum level of the Foundation finance and investment policy. The policy should seek further objectives may vary depending on the current situation and existing knowledge. Rights Now uses and relies on external advisors regarding capital management. We demand that they hold competence in ethical investments.

Below are links to some of the organizations involved in ethical investments and guidelines:

Amnesty Business Group
CSR – EU
Fair Trade Center
Global Compact
Global Portal
ILO
OECD guidelines
Swedwatch
Transparency International

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Facts

  • Rights Now was founded in 2007.
  • Rights Nows founding capital was donated by private individuals.
  • Rights Now is a non-profit foundation with no ties to the business community, political parties or other types of organizations or institutions.
  • Rights Now is free from religious or political affiliations.
  • Rights Now’s activity is in accordance with the Swedish law for foundations.
  • Rights Now is under the supervision of Stockholm County Administrative Board.
  • Rights Now is registered in the Swedish public institution register.