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  • Norwegian Banks Dispute NGO Pressure on Pipeline

    September 22, 2017

    Reuters reports that a group of Norwegian financial entities have disputed a legal claim from Energy Transfer Partners LP that they divested from its Dakota Access Pipeline project as a result of pressure from activist organizations, asserting that the decision was based instead on the "unacceptable risk of contributing to serious or systematic human rights violations."

  • NGO Questions US Data Sharing Proposal

    September 21, 2017

    Cynthia Wong of Human Rights Watch has warned that a proposal by the US Department of Justice to allow foreign governments to directly request access to user information from technology companies threatens to undermine privacy rights for users by bypassing judicial review of requests.

  • UN, Tech Leaders Push for Innovative SDG Approach

    September 21, 2017

    The UN hosted a dialogue in which government officials and representatives from major tech companies stressed the need to harness technological innovation in pursuit of the UN's comprehensive social and environmental targets contained in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Trade Associations Promote "Sustainability" Agenda

    September 19, 2017

    In an op-ed, representatives from the UN-coordinated International Trade Centre and the Foreign Trade Association present initiatives from their organizations, including a "business social compliance initiative" and "trade for sustainable development" programme, seeking to persuade governments and businesses to adopt the "sustainability" agenda in their foreign trade practices.

  • NGOs Criticize EU Relationship with Azerbaijan

    September 19, 2017

    As part of increasing scrutiny by activist organizations on corporate relationships with authoritarian regimes and their impacts on the business and human rights agenda, an alliance of nongovernmental groups called the CEE Bankwatch Network has criticized the EU's economic relationships with Azerbaijan in light of allegations of corruption and rights violations in the country.

  • ISO Standard Aims to Increase Fuel Efficiency in Ships

    September 19, 2017

    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has introduced a new standard for the performance of hulls and propellers on ships in order to increase fuel efficiency and thus mitigate the environmental impact of the shipping industry.

  • NGO Creates Tool on Harms Caused by Hydropower

    September 15, 2017

    Highlighting the complications faced by energy companies seeking to comply with the global climate change agenda by shifting from fossil fuel projects to hydro-electric power, a nongovernmental organization has produced an online "Hydrocalculator" tool assessing the social and environmental costs of large hydropower projects around the world.

  • NGO Pushes for “Environmental Justice” in Global South

    September 14, 2017

    The Colombian nongovernmental organization Dejusticia has released a compilation of stories on environmental controversies in the Global South as part of its effort to help environmental activists more effectively influence global public opinion on business and human rights through storytelling.

  • NGO Calls for UN Body to Oversee Corporate Taxes

    September 14, 2017

    The Association for Women's Rights in Development has released a policy brief on global corporate tax evasion and avoidance, arguing that its negative effects on women’s rights warrant the creation of a “United Nations intergovernmental tax body” to ensure corporate compliance with tax laws.

  • NGO Assesses BHR Policy in Sugar Industry

    September 14, 2017

    The nongovernmental organization KnowTheChain has released a report analyzing the business and human rights (BHR) policies and practices of ten major companies engaged in the international sugar trade, arguing that the corporations must take significant action to address human rights concerns.

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