Business & Human Rights

  • NGO Criticizes Banks over Tax Disclosure

    April 05, 2017

    A report from nongovernmental organization (NGO) Oxfam demonstrates how NGOs are using and seeking to expand EU rules requiring financial companies to publicly report on their profits and tax payments in every country in which they operate to criticize companies seeking to avoid funding their "economic, social, and cultural rights" agenda through taxation.

  • NGO Coalition Praises French "Corporate Vigilance" Law

    April 05, 2017

    A press release from the European Coalition for Corporate Justice applauds the decision of the French Constitutional Council to uphold most of the provisions of a new law requiring corporations to perform due diligence regarding their human rights impacts, while eliminating some civil penalties, and calls for all other European countries and the EU to adopt similar legislation.

  • UN Group: BHR Rules Must Play Role in G20 Guidance

    April 05, 2017

    In a recent letter, the UN Working Group on business and human rights (BHR) issues calls on members of the G20 Employment Working Group to use the UN Guiding Principles on BHR as a framework through which to push countries toward the promotion of "sustainable supply chains" as part of the G20's social agenda.

  • Minerals Rule Imposes "Significant Burden" on EU Companies

    April 05, 2017

    A Squire Patton Boggs analysis of a proposed EU regulation governing the import of "conflict minerals" from war-torn areas of Africa recently adopted by the European Parliament highlights how the rule would impose a "significant burden" on companies that must comply with its "due diligence" and reporting requirements.

  • NGO Seeks Tough Sanctions Under "Due Diligence" Laws

    April 05, 2017

    Jeffrey Vogt of the Solidarity Center writes that countries like Australia considering the adoption of a version of the UK Modern Slavery Act, which requires corporate reporting on efforts to rid their supply chains of forced labor, must close "loopholes" in the legislation by providing for "mandatory human rights due diligence" with "dissuasive sanctions" in case a breach occurs.

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