Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10th — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document, which proclaims the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.
2022 Theme: Dignity, Freedom, and Justice for All
This year the UN begins a year-long campaign to promote and recognize the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, December 10, 2023. This year-long campaign seeks to shift the needle of understanding and action towards greater knowledge of the universality of the UDHR and the activism associated with it.
In the decades since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, human rights have become more recognized and more guaranteed across the globe. It has since served as the foundation for an expanding system of human rights protection that today focuses also on vulnerable groups such as persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and migrants.
How can AMS promote social justice activism?
By Samantha Hicks, AMS Senior Programs Administrator
We are in a time where consumers, people who are buying products actually care a lot more about what they’re buying and who they’re buying. Consumers and businesses can have an impact on supply chain norms by refusing to purchase unethical products.
We are a social enterprise, and we empower and engage every single person to have the power to take action to make our company truly a force for good, from the breakrooms to the boardrooms. Activism is a relative thing. So you’re going to your edge. All of our edges are going to be different. But the point is to stretch ourselves to go further. So for some people, it might be joining a protest. For another, it might be speaking out in a meeting where they wouldn’t otherwise speak out. And for others, it might be engaging in their local community in a way, or arranging to meet with their employees, to share what they really care about.
We hope to really inspire a desire for the people at our company to find their voice, to find their power, to understand the influence that they have both inside the business and outside of the business, and also finding ways to transfer the power to enable them to take action on those things that they have a desire to be advocates for, activators for or activists with.
We are B Corp Certified, we are proud to be certified. But we also hope for a world in the future where certification has no significance, because everyone is upholding the core values.
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