Business & Human Rights

  • NGO Criticizes UK Ruling on Overseas Oil Pollution

    February 14, 2017

    Amnesty International has criticized a ruling of the UK High Court that it does not have jurisdiction to review claims of Nigerian plaintiffs that energy company Shell was responsible for alleged oil pollution by the company's Nigerian subsidiary, arguing that British courts are the only forum in which the plaintiffs can obtain a remedy for such environmental harm.

  • ILO Trains Unions on Communications Strategy

    February 14, 2017

    The UN's International Labour Organization recently hosted a conference in Geneva for communications officers from trade union organizations around the world with the aim of developing a global training manual on strengthening such unions through communications and campaign strategies.

  • NGOs Push BHR Agenda for "Mega-Sporting Events"

    February 14, 2017

    A coalition of nongovernmental organizations has published 11 white papers providing a comprehensive analysis of business and human rights (BHR) issues that may arise in relation to "mega-sporting events" and calling for "an independent centre of expertise" on the impacts of such events on human rights.

  • US Congress Votes for Disclosure Rule Repeal

    February 08, 2017

    The Hill reports that the US Senate has joined the House of Representatives in voting to repeal a rule issued by the Obama Administration under the Dodd-Frank financial services legislation requiring companies in the extractives industry to publicly disclose their payments to foreign governments.

  • UNFCCC Promotes Unified Climate, SDG Agenda

    February 03, 2017

    An interview with Grant Kirkman of the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) highlights how the UNFCCC's promotion of "green finance" combines its agendas on climate change and "sustainable development" into a single, comprehensive effort.

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