UN Guiding Principles

  • NGO Coalition Seeks BHR Action over "Sustainability"

    November 30, 2016

    The European Coalition for Corporate Justice has criticized a European Commission Action Plan on implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals for only encouraging positive contributions by businesses while failing to clamp down on corporate conduct through a transnational, "legally binding business and human rights framework."

  • Law Firms Convene Workshop on BHR Implementation

    November 30, 2016

    A group of nine law firms recently held a workshop in London as part of their Law Firm Business and Human Rights Peer Learning Process to discuss cooperation between and within law firms on complying with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and to promoting these Principles in their global practices.

  • Ruggie Urges Focus on UNGPs to Achieve "Sustainability"

    November 30, 2016

    In remarks to the annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, Harvard Professor John Ruggie urged businesses to focus on fulfilling the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), including by putting pressure on their supply chains, in order to contribute to the UN's comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals.

  • NGO Seeks New World Order in BHR Treaty

    November 29, 2016

    The nongovernmental organization Share the World's Resources has published an article lauding the potential of negotiations in Geneva over the development of a binding UN business and human rights treaty to bring about "a new international political, economic and legal order" by dismantling international trade deals and providing for the global regulation of corporate activities.

  • Rights Activists Call for Rejection of Trade Deals

    November 29, 2016

    A set of nongovernmental organizations have issued a statement calling for the rejection of various international trade agreements for failing to integrate the global human rights agenda, including economic and social rights, into their provisions and seeking the completion of "human rights impact assessments" prior to the adoption of any future trade deal.

  • IHRB Calls for BHR Due Diligence in Data Use

    November 11, 2016

    The Institute for Human Rights and Business has published a report calling on businesses using consumer data to market their products and services to perform due diligence under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights to ensure that the source of the data did not violate anyone's human rights in obtaining it.

  • BHR Treaty Group Targets 2017 Talks on Final Content

    November 11, 2016

    In its report of the final day of the second negotiating session for a binding UN business and human rights (BHR) treaty, the European Coalition for Corporate Justice relates that the Working Group charged with developing the treaty held a discussion on mandatory remedies for BHR violations and targeted 2017 for talks on the final content of the treaty.

  • UN Agent Intervenes in CETA Debate

    November 07, 2016

    Arguing that the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is a "corporate-driven" treaty whose inclusion of an investment tribunal violates human rights, UN Independent Expert Alfred de Zayas has called for a robust UN business and human rights treaty to counter the power of businesses to challenge regulations under treaties like CETA.

  • Scotland Releases National BHR Assessment

    November 07, 2016

    As part of its development of a Scottish National Action Plan for Human Rights, the Scottish Human Rights Commission has developed, with two nongovernmental organizations, a National Baseline Assessment on Business and Human Rights (BHR) to determine where the country currently stands on implementing the BHR agenda.

  • NGOs Use Environmental Precedent for BHR Treaty

    November 07, 2016

    A coalition of nongovernmental organizations called CIVICUS has called on negotiators of a binding treaty on business and human rights (BHR) issues to use the Aarhus Convention, an instrument requiring countries to offer procedural rights on environmental matters, as a model for a BHR treaty that recognizes citizens' "right to information" on corporate human rights impacts.

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