Business & Human Rights

  • NGOs Point to BHR Impacts of Green Energy

    May 25, 2017

    The development by nongovernmental organizations Yansa and the Gaia Foundation of a platform, called Ojuso, that will gather business and civil society stakeholders to consider business and human rights (BHR) impacts of renewable energy projects demonstrates the complexity involved in implementing the global "sustainable energy" agenda.

  • UK Committee Seeks Prosecution, Liability for BHR Violations

    May 25, 2017

    A recent report from the UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights calls for legislation providing for the criminal prosecution of corporations that violate the business and human rights (BHR) agenda in other countries and permitting foreign victims of alleged BHR violations to sue UK companies in British courts.

  • UK Official Criticizes "Modern Slavery" Reporting Efforts

    May 25, 2017

    In a recent letter to business leaders, the UK's Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland OBE, who is charged with monitoring corporate implementation of the country's Modern Slavery Act, said he is "disappointed" with the level of compliance by businesses with the law's requirements to report on efforts to eradicate forced labor around the world.

  • Countries Seek to Curb Business Input on Climate Action

    May 24, 2017

    The Guardian reports that developing countries are seeking to use a commitment from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to "openness, transparency and inclusiveness" in upcoming negotiations on the future shape of the 2015 UN Paris climate deal to curb input on the talks from companies that rely on fossil fuels.

  • NGO: IMF, World Bank Must Confront Tax, Climate Threats

    May 24, 2017

    The nongovernmental organization Oxfam has called on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank to focus on efforts, in the face of "nationalist" movements across the globe, to reduce corporate tax avoidance and combat climate change to ensure that the world is not "hopelessly skewed in favor of a small handful of wealthy elites."

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