Business & Human Rights

  • Business Groups Seek to Sway BHR Treaty Working Group

    May 11, 2015

    Preparing for meetings of a UN working group on a binding business and human rights ("BHR") treaty, a group of international business organizations has published a draft proposal calling for the body's work to build upon the UN Guiding Principles on BHR and to address domestic as well as international companies.

  • NGO Details Needs for Impact Assessments

    May 11, 2015

    In a recent interview, a representative from the nongovernmental organization Business for Social Responsibility described how companies around the world should be performing human rights impact assessments to demonstrate how they are promoting the UN's business and human rights agenda.

  • NGO Seeks to Force Pensions to Consider Climate Risks

    May 08, 2015

    The nongovernmental organization ("NGO") ClientEarth has launched an initiative that will challenge pension funds that, in the view of the NGO, are not fulfilling their "legal" obligation to consider the risks of climate change in their investment decisions.

  • Unilever Pushes Activist Agenda on Climate Change

    May 08, 2015

    The Chief Executive Officer of Unilever Paul Polman writes in The Guardian that his company has adopted the UN's agenda on sustainability and climate change, in part by forming a new organization of businesses, governments, and activist groups called Tropical Forest Alliance 2020.

  • Institutions Push for Ambitious EU CSR Strategy

    May 07, 2015

    The European Network of National Human Rights Institutions has published a document in which it pushes for the EU to adopt broad portions of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ("BHR") and other global BHR mechanisms in its upcoming policy on corporate social responsibility ("CSR").

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