UN Guiding Principles

  • UK Law Society Issues Latest BHR Guidance

    January 03, 2017

    The Law Society of England and Wales has released new guidance for solicitors in the UK on how to integrate the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR), along with other BHR-related policies and legislation, into their firm's operations and their legal advice to corporate clients.

  • EU Adviser Proposes BHR Treaty Focus on Disclosure

    January 02, 2017

    In a recent opinion piece, European Commission policy adviser Dr. Gosia Pearson writes that the negotiation of a global, binding UN treaty on business and human rights (BHR) should focus on bridging gaps internationally between national laws and regulations, including through corporate reporting requirements.

  • Switzerland Produces BHR Action Plan

    January 02, 2017

    The Swiss Federal Council has published a national action plan for implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR), including provisions such as the promotion of the BHR agenda abroad and increasing avenues through which alleged victims of BHR violations by Swiss companies can seek remedies.

  • US Issues Action Plan on "Responsible Business Conduct"

    December 17, 2016

    The Obama Administration has published the first US National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct, which institutionalizes global business and human rights (BHR) standards such as the UN Guiding Principles on BHR in US policy without congressional consideration or approval.

  • NGO Pushes for BHR Focus in Kenyan Extractive Sector

    December 16, 2016

    The Institute for Human Rights and Business has produced a report outlining how the Kenyan government and businesses operating in the country should implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR) and other global social and environmental standards to ensure the development of a "sustainable and equitable extractive sector" in Kenya.

  • Report Finds BHR Redress Mechanisms Lack Effectiveness

    December 12, 2016

    A report produced by an academic research organization called Corporate Accountability Research finds that transnational non-judicial mechanisms established to provide remedies for business and human rights (BHR) violations currently lack the authority to provide effective redress to alleged BHR victims.

  • NGO Reviews Status of BHR Agenda in Mexico

    December 08, 2016

    The Danish Institute for Human Rights has produced a Country Guide examining how companies operating in Mexico can comply with the global business and human rights (BHR) agenda and pressuring the Mexican government to produce a "national action plan" on implementing the UN Guiding Principles on BHR.

  • Japan Outlines Plans for BHR Implementation

    December 07, 2016

    In a speech to the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights (BHR) in Geneva, Ambassador Mitsuko Shino outlined the Japanese government's plans to implement the UN Guiding Principles on BHR, including by adopting a BHR national action plan in consultation with nongovernmental organizations.

  • NGOs Release "Foundational Guide" on BHR Agenda

    December 07, 2016

    Three nongovernmental organizations, with support from the Dutch Government, have produced a "foundational guide" based on interviews with corporate representatives and business and human rights (BHR) "stakeholders on how corporations should implement the BHR agenda in their operations.

  • Business Groups Call for Adoption of BHR Action Plans

    December 06, 2016

    Demonstrating the impact of UN and nongovernmental organization pressure on businesses to accept and implement the business and human rights (BHR) agenda, a set of business associations has released a statement calling for countries to establish BHR national action plans and to foster transnational cooperation on BHR policies and enforcement.

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