Business & Human Rights

  • EU Limits Use of Corporate Tax "Mismatches"

    May 31, 2017

    As part of a wave of recent EU proposals attempting to ensure businesses pay their "fair share" of taxes, the EU institutions have formally adopted new rules that will prevent companies from using differences between the coverage of tax regulations in EU member states and non-EU countries to lower their tax bills.

  • UN Agency Launches Standards on Illegal Fishing Sales

    May 30, 2017

    The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has announced the finalization of a set of global standards pressing national governments on keeping the products of unsanctioned fishing away from food markets.

  • NGO Chief: Universities Must Pursue BHR Agenda in China

    May 30, 2017

    Robert Precht of the nongovernmental organization Justice Labs has authored an article calling on American universities operating in China to follow the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR) by performing due diligence and reporting on potential human rights violations to which they may contribute by working with the Chinese government.

  • Extractives Initiative Ratchets up Payment Reporting Rules

    May 26, 2017

    The nongovernmental organization (NGO) Global Witness reports that the board of the Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a global group that includes governments, NGOs, and oil, gas, and mining companies, has decided to require member companies to report all payments they make to governments for their projects around the world.

  • Kenyan Banking Group Launches "Green Bond" Program

    May 26, 2017

    The Kenya Bankers Association and a group of international and nongovernmental organizations have launched a "Green Bond programme," endorsed by the Central Bank of Kenya, as part of global efforts by the UN and environmental activists to divert investments from fossil fuels to renewable energy projects in line with the 2015 Paris climate deal.

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