Business Impacts

  • FIFA Joins Human Rights "Steering Committee"

    May 24, 2017

    The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) has announced that the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) has joined the Steering Committee of the IHRB's Mega-Sporting Events Platform for Human Rights, a consultative body intended to pressure sports bodies and companies to implement the business and human rights agenda.

  • Skeptics Question "Sustainable Finance" Products

    May 18, 2017

    Reuters reports that, while a report from an alliance of organizations advocating "sustainable investment" indicates a growing movement toward "ethical, sustainable and socially responsible" finance, skeptics of such investment products question whether they actually contribute to the global "sustainability" agenda.

  • Microsoft, UN Partner on Rights-Monitoring

    May 17, 2017

    The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and technology giant Microsoft have announced a five-year partnership to use enhanced technology to monitor human rights violations around the world and to promote broader corporate adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

  • Utility Company Pursues "Green Bond" Market

    May 15, 2017

    French utility company Engie has announced its release of a second "green bond," valued at 1.5 billion euros and aimed at investments in renewable energy projects that will help fulfill the UN's climate change and "sustainable development" agendas.

  • Lawyers: CSR Statements Heighten Legal Risks

    May 09, 2017

    Miles Pittman and Rick Williams of the law firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP write that Canadian courts are increasingly accepting business statements in favor of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and participation in business and human rights initiatives as grounds for holding companies responsible for alleged harms caused by their foreign subsidiaries.

  • Company Launches "Next-Gen" Platform to Advance SDGs

    May 03, 2017

    Global software company SAP has launched a Next-Gen Global Challenges platform through which it is soliciting ideas, for public release at a New York summit in October, to pressure industry leaders into fulfilling the UN's comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Activists Demand Transparency in Textile Supply Chains

    April 26, 2017

    A coalition of unions and advocates has published a report calling for apparel and footwear companies to disclose the overseas factories used in their supply chains to increase transparency and ensure compliance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

  • ILO Workers: Governments Should Protect Rights in ‘Gig Economy’

    April 19, 2017

    Janine Berg and Valerio De Stefano of the UN’s International Labour Organisation have argued that traditional government labour protections should be applied to workers who obtain platform-based work such as that found via mobile phone apps like Uber.

  • NGO: Governments Should Assist Foreign Nationals in BHR Cases

    April 19, 2017

    The nongovernmental organization Business and Human Rights Resource Centre has published an article calling on governments to assist foreign nationals seeking to sue transnational companies for alleged business and human rights (BHR) violations.

  • FRA Issues Opinion on Potential EU BHR Policies

    April 12, 2017

    At the request of the EU Council, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) issued an official Opinion on how the EU can coordinate policy between member states on business and human rights issues in order to improve victims’ access to remedies.

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