UN Guiding Principles

  • NGO Calls for UK BHR Measures After Brexit

    September 22, 2017

    The British Institute of International and Comparative Law has published a document exploring "Frequently Asked Questions" about the application of the global business and human rights (BHR) agenda in the UK after Brexit, finding that the UK will need a new legal framework on supply chain reporting and due diligence after the country leaves the EU.

  • UN Observers: Adopt BHR Principles to Advance SDGs

    September 21, 2017

    Members of the UN Working Group on business and human rights (BHR) have called on businesses to adopt the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as a “roadmap” to pursue the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by respecting human rights.

  • NGO Pushes for Global Rules on Labor Due Diligence

    September 20, 2017

    A report from the Business and Human Rights (BHR) Resource Centre calls for the development of "robust" and "harmonised" global standards for national legislation combating "various forms of modern slavery" by imposing broad BHR due diligence requirements on companies to rid their complex, global supply chains of forced labor.

  • NGOs Review National BHR Action Plans

    September 19, 2017

    The nongovernmental organizations International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, European Coalition for Corporate Justice, and Center for the Study of Law, Justice, and Society have produced a 2017 assessment of national action plans on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR) published within the last three years.

  • Ruggie Praises Chilean BHR Action Plan

    September 18, 2017

    In a recent keynote address at the launch of the Chilean National Action Plan on implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR), Harvard Professor John Ruggie praised the plan's connection of BHR action with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and called for BHR "due diligence" requirements for companies operating in the country.

  • Poland Produces BHR Action Plan

    September 18, 2017

    The Polish Government has published a National Action Plan on implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR), considering current elements of Polish law that support BHR and "corporate social responsibility" and describing potential further measures to protect individuals from BHR violations.

  • Lawyers Explain Proposal for Global BHR Arbitration

    September 15, 2017

    A group of lawyers labeling itself the Working Group on International Arbitration of Business and Human Rights has produced a "question and answer" document explaining their proposal for a global arbitration system that would adjudicate disputes involving alleged violations by multinational corporations of the business and human rights (BHR) agenda.

  • Report: BHR Treaty Must Expand Corporate Liability

    September 13, 2017

    In a recent report, Daniel Blackburn of the International Centre for Trade Union Rights outlines several ways in which a binding UN treaty on business and human rights (BHR) could promote global liability of corporations for alleged BHR violations, including by requiring them to adopt extensive "due diligence" procedures.

  • NGOs Seek Gender Perspective in BHR Treaty

    September 01, 2017

    A group of nongovernmental organizations has issued a statement supporting the inclusion of special protections for women in a universal, binding business and human rights (BHR) treaty under negotiation at the UN, including a requirement that corporations perform "gender impact assessments of planned and existing operations."

  • Canada Faces Expanding Pressure on BHR Action Plan

    August 30, 2017

    Warning of Canada's lack of a "coherent policy approach to address business and human rights" (BHR) issues in corporate supply chains, Michael Torrance of the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright calls on the Canadian government to develop a "national action plan" on BHR to set a "baseline" for responsible behavior by Canadian businesses.

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