Business & Human Rights

  • NGOs Seek Binding EU Conflict Minerals Rules

    October 01, 2014

    A group of nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") have called on the European Parliament to overhaul a proposal of the European Commission in order to require a large number of European companies to investigate their supply chains and report on the use of so-called "conflict minerals" in their operations.

  • NGO Supports BHR Due Diligence Requirements in Switzerland

    October 01, 2014

    The Swiss Coalition for Corporate Justice has called on the Swiss Parliament to adopt legislation requiring companies to investigate alleged human rights violations and environmental impacts in their operations and to report to the government on their progress on these issues.

  • Lawyers File NCP Complaint over Australian Detention Centers

    September 24, 2014

    A group of human rights attorneys have filed complaints under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises with national contact points ("NCP") in Australia and the U.K. against the security company G4S for alleged human rights violations in Australian asylum detention centers.

  • Unilever Drives Forward Human Rights Reporting Initiative

    September 24, 2014

    As pressure from the UN and nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") mounts on businesses to respond to international business and human rights principles, the NGO Shift has announced its partnership with the multinational company Unilever to develop a corporate reporting framework on human rights.

  • Businesses Make Deforestation Pledges at UN Summit

    September 24, 2014

    In response to UN pressure toward an international climate agenda, businesses and governments have made pledges to prevent deforestation worldwide, including 20 global food companies committing to "deforestation-free sourcing policies" of acquiring palm oil.

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