UN Guiding Principles

  • UN Group Signals Broad Impact of UNGPs on Banks

    March 01, 2017

    In a recent letter objecting to portions of a discussion paper by the Thun Group of banks, the UN Working Group on business and human rights declared that, under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), banks owe broad duties of due diligence and remedy for the human rights impacts of the projects they finance.

  • Report Reveals Broad Discussion on BHR Treaty

    March 01, 2017

    In its report on the latest consultations on the development of a binding UN treaty on business and human rights (BHR), the Intergovernmental Working Group charged with creating the treaty revealed a wide-ranging discussion on potential provisions requiring both governments and businesses to implement the global BHR agenda.

  • UK Commission Publishes BHR Guide for Managers

    February 28, 2017

    The UK Equality and Human Rights Commission has published a "seven-step guide for managers" on how to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR) in their business operations and global supply chains, starting with a "human rights policy commitment" and including public reporting on their BHR impacts.

  • NGO Seeks Global Enforcement of BHR Treaty

    February 28, 2017

    The International Centre for Trade Union Rights has published an article containing provisions it considers "essential" for the success of the UN's planned binding treaty on business and human rights (BHR) issues, such as the inclusion of international labor standards, due diligence requirements for companies, and the creation of an international BHR tribunal.

  • Ruggie Calls for "Socially Sustainable" Supply Chains

    February 22, 2017

    At the recent G20 group of countries' meeting in Hamburg, Harvard Professor John Ruggie called on attendees to use his UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) as a "roadmap" toward building "socially sustainable" global supply chains and advancing the UN's "sustainable development" agenda.

  • Lawyers Outline Global Efforts Toward BHR Remedies

    February 21, 2017

    Attorneys of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP review efforts by international organizations and activists to sidestep traditional judicial mechanisms in seeking remedies for alleged corporate violations of the business and human rights (BHR) agenda, including by establishing a global tribunal to decide BHR disputes.

  • NGO Explores BHR Risks in Telecom Exports

    February 21, 2017

    The nongovernmental organization Institute for Human Rights and Business has produced a report evaluating the potential risks to the business and human rights (BHR) agenda posed by export credit agencies encouraging the foreign sale of telecommunications products and calls for BHR due diligence requirements for such transactions.

  • 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.

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