Business & Human Rights

  • UN Agents Seek Global Pesticide Ban

    March 21, 2017

    A group of UN human rights mandate holders has issued a statement calling for the development of a "comprehensive new global treaty" phasing out the use of "dangerous pesticides" in agriculture and forcing a move toward "sustainable" agricultural practices to protect the "human rights" to health and a clean environment.

  • OECD: Estonia Must Reduce Oil Shale Reliance

    March 21, 2017

    In its first "Environmental Performance Review" of Estonia, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) asserts that reducing the country's dependence on oil shale for energy production and moving toward "green growth" is the government's "number one economic, environmental and social challenge."

  • ISO Promotes Universal Standards to Address Ageing

    March 21, 2017

    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has argued that governments should promote standardization in aspects of society ranging from city planning to information accessibility as a way to mitigate risks related to ageing populations and ensure respect for global human rights provisions related to the elderly.

  • NGOs Call for BHR Treaty to Govern Trade Deals

    March 20, 2017

    An alliance of Catholic development organizations called CIDSE has commissioned a study proposing model clauses for a binding UN treaty on business and human rights (BHR) calling for such a treaty to include provisions requiring governments to recognize and respect the BHR agenda in all international trade and investment agreements.

  • Academics Seek Global BHR Enforcement Mechanism

    March 20, 2017

    Dr. Kamil Ometoso of Coventry University and Dr. Hakeem Yusuf of the University of Birmingham assert that the shortcomings of national enforcement of laws governing business conduct signal the need for a global mechanism to hold transnational corporations accountable for their failure to implement the business and human rights (BHR) agenda.

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