Business & Human Rights

  • NGO Expresses "Maturity" Concerns with BHR Reporting

    May 10, 2017

    A study from the nongovernmental organization Shift on the "maturity" of 74 companies' reporting practices on matters related to the global business and human rights (BHR) agenda warns that many of the companies' reports lack clarity regarding relevant BHR risks and the usefulness of human rights impact assessments.

  • Lawyers: CSR Statements Heighten Legal Risks

    May 09, 2017

    Miles Pittman and Rick Williams of the law firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP write that Canadian courts are increasingly accepting business statements in favor of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and participation in business and human rights initiatives as grounds for holding companies responsible for alleged harms caused by their foreign subsidiaries.

  • Telecoms Agree to Global Speech, Privacy Standards

    May 08, 2017

    The multi-stakeholder organization Global Network Initiative has announced that seven telecommunications companies have agreed to become participants in the group's efforts to promote global business standards for users' free expression and privacy rights, including by agreeing to perform "human rights impact assessments" on their operations.

  • Company Launches "Next-Gen" Platform to Advance SDGs

    May 03, 2017

    Global software company SAP has launched a Next-Gen Global Challenges platform through which it is soliciting ideas, for public release at a New York summit in October, to pressure industry leaders into fulfilling the UN's comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals.

  • GRI, UN Agree "Responsible Investment" Partnership

    May 03, 2017

    The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development have agreed to a "strategic partnership" through which they will push for "responsible investment" and "green finance" in line with the UN's comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals and the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative.

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