Business & Human Rights

  • BHR Activists Question Business Collaboration on Agenda

    March 20, 2017

    An article by former human rights consultant Michael Hobbes profiling the most recent UN Forum on Business and Human Rights (BHR) illustrates the growing disillusionment of some environmental and human rights activists with a strategy of collaboration with multinational corporations on implementing the BHR agenda.

  • NGO Seeks Corporate Funding for Rights Agenda

    March 20, 2017

    The Center for Economic and Social Rights has called on the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights to assert in its "General Comment" on corporate tax and human rights that states have a duty under global human rights treaties to ensure that businesses contribute their "fair share of tax" to help fund the economic, social, and cultural rights agenda.

  • Insurer Warns of Assets "Stranded" by Climate Change

    March 17, 2017

    The insurance company Lloyd’s of London has published a report in cooperation with researchers at the University of Oxford arguing that insurers must consider divesting from assets that will become "stranded" by government policies responding to global warming and calling for companies to participate in the development of climate policies and regulations.

  • Companies Face BHR Complexities in Climate Adaptation

    March 17, 2017

    An article on the website Raconteur highlights the complexities involved in the corporate adoption of the global climate change agenda, as business and human rights (BHR) activists increasingly scrutinize corporate environmental efforts for human rights impacts on communities and call for stakeholder consultation and transparency to prevent BHR violations.

  • Activist Seeks EU Involvement in BHR Treaty

    March 17, 2017

    An op-ed by Anne Van Schaik of Friends of the Earth Europe signals the dissatisfaction of human rights and environmental activists with the progress of "voluntary" business and human rights (BHR) measures, such as the UN Guiding Principles on BHR, and calls for EU participation in the establishment of a binding UN BHR treaty to "bring corporate actors to justice."

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