Business & Human Rights

  • Governments Fill Gaps in ICC Prosecutions

    August 31, 2017

    In an important development for multinational businesses operating in areas of armed conflict, Human Rights Watch describes the success of nongovernmental organizations in pushing Western governments to use the principle of "universal or extraterritorial jurisdiction" to prosecute rights violations where the International Criminal Court (ICC) fails to intervene.

  • Activists Push AIIB to Uphold "Green" Pledges

    August 31, 2017

    Lowell Chow of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre highlights skepticism from environmental and rights activists that the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a venture launched by China as a "clean and green" alternative to Western development banks, will avoid coal support and establish a proper mechanism to prevent land rights violations.

  • Canada Faces Expanding Pressure on BHR Action Plan

    August 30, 2017

    Warning of Canada's lack of a "coherent policy approach to address business and human rights" (BHR) issues in corporate supply chains, Michael Torrance of the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright calls on the Canadian government to develop a "national action plan" on BHR to set a "baseline" for responsible behavior by Canadian businesses.

  • Telecom Company Agrees to Implement SDGs

    August 30, 2017

    As part of the UN's partnership with a broad range of the private sector on the achievement of its comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Kenyan telecommunications company Safaricom has signed a memorandum of understanding committing to working with UN Environment to incorporate various environmental SDG targets into its operations.

  • UN Treaty Mandates Government Action on Mercury

    August 30, 2017

    UN Environment has announced that the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a UN treaty requiring signatories to take a wide range of measures to control and limit the use of mercury and mitigate its impacts, including by banning new mercury mines and reducing mercury emissions, has entered into force after its ratification by 50 states parties.

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