Business & Human Rights

  • Extractives Initiative Ratchets up Payment Reporting Rules

    May 26, 2017

    The nongovernmental organization (NGO) Global Witness reports that the board of the Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a global group that includes governments, NGOs, and oil, gas, and mining companies, has decided to require member companies to report all payments they make to governments for their projects around the world.

  • Kenyan Banking Group Launches "Green Bond" Program

    May 26, 2017

    The Kenya Bankers Association and a group of international and nongovernmental organizations have launched a "Green Bond programme," endorsed by the Central Bank of Kenya, as part of global efforts by the UN and environmental activists to divert investments from fossil fuels to renewable energy projects in line with the 2015 Paris climate deal.

  • NGOs Point to BHR Impacts of Green Energy

    May 25, 2017

    The development by nongovernmental organizations Yansa and the Gaia Foundation of a platform, called Ojuso, that will gather business and civil society stakeholders to consider business and human rights (BHR) impacts of renewable energy projects demonstrates the complexity involved in implementing the global "sustainable energy" agenda.

  • UK Committee Seeks Prosecution, Liability for BHR Violations

    May 25, 2017

    A recent report from the UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights calls for legislation providing for the criminal prosecution of corporations that violate the business and human rights (BHR) agenda in other countries and permitting foreign victims of alleged BHR violations to sue UK companies in British courts.

  • UK Official Criticizes "Modern Slavery" Reporting Efforts

    May 25, 2017

    In a recent letter to business leaders, the UK's Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland OBE, who is charged with monitoring corporate implementation of the country's Modern Slavery Act, said he is "disappointed" with the level of compliance by businesses with the law's requirements to report on efforts to eradicate forced labor around the world.

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