UN Guiding Principles

  • Groups Launch Ranking of BHR Performance

    December 17, 2014

    A group of nongovernmental organizations and businesses have announced the launch of a Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, which will investigate and rank the performance of 500 companies on implementing UN business and human rights ("BHR") standards.

  • NGOs Criticize Banks for Failure to Implement BHR

    December 17, 2014

    The nongovernmental organization ("NGO") network BankTrack has called on banks around the world to implement international business and human rights ("BHR") standards in their operations and to provide "grievance mechanisms" for those who allege violations of these standards.

  • Article Calls for Expanded Government Participation in BHR Agenda

    December 10, 2014

    Following the third annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights ("BHR") in Geneva, an article in The Guardian expresses concern that some governments are "outsourcing" the responsibility to protect human rights to global corporations.

  • UN Working Group Seeks to Institutionalize BHR Action Plans

    December 03, 2014

    The UN Working Group on business and human rights ("BHR") issues has released a guidance document that calls for countries around the world to follow a multi-step process in creating "national action plans" to advance the UN's BHR agenda.

  • Conference Considers Supranational BHR Solutions in EU

    December 03, 2014

    At a recent conference at the European Parliament, politicians, activists, and others argued that in order to provide effective access to courts in Europe for alleged business and human rights ("BHR") violations in other countries, the EU should consider advancing expansive BHR measures at the supranational level.

  • Speaker at UN Forum Praises Expansive BHR Agenda

    December 03, 2014

    At the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights ("BHR"), Sharan Burrow of the International Trade Union Confederation called for broad recognition of the human right to join or form a trade union and for access to remedies when businesses fail to comply with the UN's BHR agenda.

  • UN Releases Guidance for Businesses on Children's Rights

    December 03, 2014

    The UN Children's Fund ("UNICEF") has published guidance to businesses around the world in using UNICEF's Children's Rights and Business Principles to advance and protect the "civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights" of children, including in companies' supply chains.

  • UN Agent Seeks Advancement of Binding BHR Treaty

    December 03, 2014

    In recent remarks, Member of the UN Working Group on business and human rights ("BHR") issues Dr. Puvan Selvanathan argued that only a legally binding, UN-administered treaty could demonstrate a global commitment to preventing and remedying alleged corporate human rights violations.

  • NGO Releases "E-learning" Tool on BHR Agenda

    December 03, 2014

    The nongovernmental organization ("NGO") the Danish Institute for Human Rights has published an electronic learning tool targeting national human rights institutions around the world in advancing the UN's agenda on business and human rights ("BHR").

  • Ruggie Calls for Intensive Corporate Supply Chain Monitoring

    November 19, 2014

    John Ruggie, who developed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, has called for corporations to implement these Principles by engaging in comprehensive monitoring of and cooperation with their suppliers to address potential human rights violations.

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