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.
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.
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.
June 15, 2017
According to Reuters, Acting Chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Mike Piwowar has announced that, during a court-mandated review of a rule requiring reporting on "conflict minerals" from Africa, the SEC would not require businesses to perform "due diligence" on their use of such minerals in support of such reporting.
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.
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.
May 10, 2017
A study from the nongovernmental organization Shift on the "maturity" of 74 companies' reporting practices on matters related to the global business and human rights (BHR) agenda warns that many of the companies' reports lack clarity regarding relevant BHR risks and the usefulness of human rights impact assessments.
May 08, 2017
The multi-stakeholder organization Global Network Initiative has announced that seven telecommunications companies have agreed to become participants in the group's efforts to promote global business standards for users' free expression and privacy rights, including by agreeing to perform "human rights impact assessments" on their operations.
May 03, 2017
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development have agreed to a "strategic partnership" through which they will push for "responsible investment" and "green finance" in line with the UN's comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals and the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative.
April 26, 2017
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has released a new set of standards designed to help companies ensure that their suppliers respect international norms regarding sustainability, workers’ rights, and environmental protection.