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  • UK Parliament Committee Recommends Enforceable BHR Penalties

    April 12, 2017

    The UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights has released a report on the country’s progress in achieving Business and Human Rights (BHR) goals, concluding that companies and affiliated parent companies should be required to “prevent human rights abuses” or face substantial penalties.

  • New Climate Report Urges Massive Carbon Cuts by 2020

    April 12, 2017

    Global climate initiative Mission 2020 has released a report arguing that nations must implement drastic reductions in carbon emissions, including requiring all new transportation in major cities to be “zero-carbon” by 2020, to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals for climate change.

  • UN Committee Seeks to Engage Business in Reaching SDGs

    April 12, 2017

    The UN Committee of Experts on Public Administration will meet 24-28 April to equip member state governments to successfully implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in partnership with businesses and civil society.

  • Professor: Brexit Could Worsen “Modern Slavery” in UK

    April 05, 2017

    Professor Andrew Crane of the University of Bath has warned that the decrease in legal immigration to the UK as a result of the country leaving the EU will likely increase demand for trafficked labor and contribute to other exploitive business practices. 

  • NGO Chief Calls for Global Agreement on “Modern Slavery”

    April 05, 2017

    Phil Bloomer of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has proposed a “Global Modern Slavery Agreement” that would set out international standards for “mandatory transparency, mandatory due diligence, incentives for action, and access to justice and remedy” required of businesses to combat forced labor around the world. 

  • ILO Calls for BHR “Due Diligence” to Protect Indigenous Peoples

    April 05, 2017

    As part of its revision of its Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy, the International Labour Organization (ILO) calls on companies to address business and human rights (BHR) concerns regarding indigenous and tribal peoples by performing “due diligence.”

  • UN Focuses BHR Forum on Access to Remedies

    April 05, 2017

    The Secretariat of the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights (BHR) has announced that the central theme for its November 2017 meetings will be “Realizing Access to Remedy,” where stakeholders will discuss how to improve the availability and efficacy of grievance mechanisms used to remedy alleged BHR violations by transnational companies. 

  • FIFA Human Rights Board Holds First Meeting

    March 30, 2017

    After its first meeting in Switzerland, the International Federation of Association Football's (FIFA) Human Rights Advisory Board, made up of representatives from the UN, unions, nongovernmental organizations, and businesses, issued a statement indicating how it plans to place pressure on FIFA to fulfill the global business and human rights agenda.

  • BlackRock Supports Climate Risk Disclosure

    March 28, 2017

    Reuters reports that asset manager BlackRock, facing pressure from environmental and human rights NGOs for not backing activist shareholder resolutions, has taken up the agenda of the Group of 20's (G20) Financial Stability Board by including among its top "engagement priorities" in 2017 disclosure of climate change risks and boardroom diversity.

  • FIFA Establishes BHR Advisory Panel

    March 24, 2017

    Under pressure from human rights activists who say it has done little to implement the global business and human rights (BHR) agenda, the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) has established a panel comprising businesses, NGOs, UN officials, and others to advise the organization on BHR priorities ranging from labor standards to freedom of expression.

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