Business & Human Rights

  • Paper for UN Working Group Highlights BHR Gender Issues

    July 23, 2014

    A paper from a consulting firm written for the UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women calls on governments and businesses to incorporate gender into their policies on corporate social responsibility and business and human rights ("BHR").

  • UN Working Group Warns Israel, Companies on BHR and Settlements

    July 23, 2014

    The UN Working Group on business and human rights ("BHR") issues has published a statement calling for Israel to cease alleged human rights violations from construction of settlements in disputed territories and warns businesses that they must seek to prevent human rights violations in such settlement projects.

  • NGOs Push for Mandatory EU Conflict Mineral Due Diligence

    July 23, 2014

    In response to a European Commission proposal for voluntary corporate reporting on conflict minerals from war-torn countries, a group of nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") is pushing the European Parliament to adopt stricter standards that require mitigation of the use of such minerals.

  • BHR Supporters Express Skepticism over Treaty Process

    July 18, 2014

    Government and civil society supporters of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ("BHR"), including the developer of the Guiding Principles John Ruggie, have warned of increasing polarization following a Human Rights Council vote establishing a working group to develop a binding BHR treaty.

  • Article Calls for Expanded Mandate on "Sustainability Reporting"

    July 18, 2014

    Professors Adam Sulkowski and Sandra Waddock call for governments to broadly interpret current corporate reporting laws to require reporting on human rights, environmental impacts, and other issues and to provide more explicit standards mandating that companies report on "sustainability" in their operations.

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