June 15, 2017
According to Reuters, Acting Chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Mike Piwowar has announced that, during a court-mandated review of a rule requiring reporting on "conflict minerals" from Africa, the SEC would not require businesses to perform "due diligence" on their use of such minerals in support of such reporting.
June 14, 2017
As part of global efforts to use corporate resources to fund the realization of "economic, social, and cultural human rights" by governments around the world, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is celebrating the widespread signing of a treaty that restricts cross-border corporate tax maneuvering.
June 07, 2017
Following an official visit to Canada, the UN Working Group on business and human rights (BHR) issues called for the country's government to do more to implement the UN Guiding Principles on BHR, including by performing BHR "impact assessments" and protecting indigenous peoples from the "exploitation of natural resources."
June 06, 2017
Amnesty International has welcomed the Scottish government's recent pledge to perform "human rights due diligence" to determine the rights impacts of all future trade agreements with foreign countries and corporations, in line with the demands of the global business and human rights (BHR) agenda.
June 02, 2017
At the request of the Council of the EU, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights has issued an opinion calling for increased action by the bloc's institutions and its member states on enhancing access to judicial and non-judicial remedies for alleged victims of businesses' violations of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR).