UN Guiding Principles

  • UN Group Reviews Cooperation on BHR Enforcement

    February 17, 2017

    The UN Working Group for business and human rights (BHR) issues has issued a survey to countries around the world on instances of cross-border law enforcement cooperation in their implementation of the global BHR agenda, as part of the Working Group's development of international recommendations on effectively combating corporate BHR violations.

  • NGOs Push BHR Agenda for "Mega-Sporting Events"

    February 14, 2017

    A coalition of nongovernmental organizations has published 11 white papers providing a comprehensive analysis of business and human rights (BHR) issues that may arise in relation to "mega-sporting events" and calling for "an independent centre of expertise" on the impacts of such events on human rights.

  • UN Group Seeks Universal BHR Recognition

    February 03, 2017

    In a recent interview, Dante Pesce, a member of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (BHR), highlighted the Working Group's prioritization of comprehensive recognition of BHR principles throughout business supply chains and its push for investor pressure on companies to promote the BHR agenda.

  • NGO Calls for "Ethical Trade" to Support SDGs

    January 23, 2017

    The nongovernmental organization Ethical Trading Initiative has published a report highlighting how it is integrating the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the global business and human rights agenda with its "ethical trade" initiatives to push for comprehensive business action supporting the UN's social and environmental goals.

  • NGOs Criticize "Voluntary" Measures in BHR Action Plans

    January 19, 2017

    A press release from the European Coalition for Corporate Justice on the Swiss, Italian, German, and US "national action plans" on implementing the global business and human rights (BHR) agenda laments that none of the plans relies on binding measures or provides for sufficient access to judicial remedy by alleged victims of BHR violations.

  • NGOs Explore Promotion of US BHR Action Plan

    January 18, 2017

    At a recent event at American University in Washington, D.C., a group of nongovernmental organizations considered how they can best promote the provisions of a recently released US National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct, in line with the global business and human rights (BHR) agenda, in light of the incoming Trump Administration.

  • UN Rights Chief Pushes BHR Agenda in Davos

    January 18, 2017

    On the occasion of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra-ad Al Hussein highlighted his office's attempts to use the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR) as a comprehensive tool to pressure companies to contribute to nontraditional economic and social "human rights."

  • Paper Suggests Indicators to Track BHR Impacts

    January 13, 2017

    A paper by Dylan Tromp, a project manager at the UN's International Labour Organization, suggests a set of indicators for use by governments, businesses, and "other stakeholders" to assess corporate influence on human rights, with the aim of holding specific businesses accountable for their human rights impacts around the world.

  • NGO Guide Links SDGs to Human Rights

    January 13, 2017

    As part of human rights activists' and UN officials' efforts to suggest an enforcement mechanism to force businesses and governments to implement the UN's "sustainable development" agenda, the Danish Institute for Human Rights has published a guide to how the UN Sustainable Development Goals are anchored in a "legally-binding framework" of global human rights.

  • HRW Criticizes US Action Plan on BHR

    January 05, 2017

    Arguing that the plan "largely restates the status quo" and provides no new measures for implementing the global business and human rights (BHR) agenda, Human Rights Watch has criticized the recently released US National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct for failing to offer "legal teeth" to address BHR violations by American corporations.

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