Business & Human Rights

  • Activists Move from Climate to Social Issues on Palm Oil

    June 23, 2017

    Environmental reporting website Eco-business has published an article illustrating the success of activists at the recent Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources conference in expanding participants' focus on palm oil "sustainability" from mere environmental impacts to a broad array of "social" rights, including labor issues.

  • NGO Calls for Expanded Access to Corporate Information

    June 22, 2017

    In the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre's latest Corporate Legal Accountability Bulletin, the think tank calls for worldwide adoption of national legislation that would force companies to share internal information with alleged victims of human rights abuses to help them provide a basis for lawsuits against these businesses.

  • UK Committee Seeks Broad Liability for BHR Abuses

    June 21, 2017

    Barrister Katherine Tyler describes a recent report from the UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights that calls for a new British law creating a criminal offense for the failure by corporations to prevent violations of the business and human rights (BHR) agenda, including those committed by their subsidiaries and in other countries.

  • Oxfam Criticizes US on Corporate Tax Policies

    June 20, 2017

    A press release from activist organization Oxfam illustrates efforts by the UN and nongovernmental organizations to pay for the realization of their "economic, social, and cultural rights" agenda by calling for US laws forcing corporations to pay their "fair share" of taxes and demanding broad financial disclosure rules for businesses.

  • French Court Approves Law on Corporate "Vigilance" Plans

    June 19, 2017

    An article by Charles Dauthier and Sabine Smith-Vidal of Morgan Lewis describes the provisions of a French law that recently entered into force following review by the country's Constitutional Court imposing liability on French companies that fail to develop a proper "vigilance" plan to investigate their impacts on human rights and the environment.

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