UN Guiding Principles

  • 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.

  • NGO Calls on Trump to Enforce BHR Action Plan

    January 04, 2017

    Gregory Regaignon of the Business & Human Rights (BHR) Resource Centre has published a piece warning President-Elect Donald Trump to take seriously the need for the US to implement the global BHR agenda by enforcing the commitments made by the Obama Administration under its new National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct.

  • UN Rights Office Explores Non-Judicial BHR Mechanisms

    January 04, 2017

    As part of its "Accountability and Remedy Project," the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has released a "scoping paper" containing its research on how governments should improve their "State-based non-judicial mechanisms" to remedy alleged violations of the global business and human rights (BHR) agenda.

  • NGO Criticizes "Disappointing" Swiss BHR Action Plan

    January 04, 2017

    The Swiss Coalition for Corporate Justice has criticized the Swiss government's National Action Plan on implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR) for its lack of binding measures, including the absence of plans for legislation requiring companies to perform "due diligence" on their BHR impacts.

  • Italian Action Plan Implements Global BHR Agenda

    January 04, 2017

    The Government of Italy has published a National Action Plan, produced in consultation with a variety of stakeholders in business and nongovernmental organizations, on the country's implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR) and contributions to the UN's "sustainable development" agenda.

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