Corporate Citizenship

Harvard Endowment Agrees to UN Investment Principles

April 9, 2014

Following pressure from activists for the Harvard Endowment to remove energy companies from its portfolio, the endowment has announced that it has signed the UN's Principles for Responsible Investment, which push investors to make financing decisions based on environmental and social concerns.

Denmark Publishes NAP on Business and Human Rights

April 9, 2014

The Danish Government has released a national action plan ("NAP") for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, calling for companies to "integrate social responsibility in their core business."

U.K. Law Society Calls for BHR Training, Implementation

April 9, 2014

The Business and Human Rights ("BHR") Advisory Group to the Law Society of England and Wales has released a report calling for law firm members of the Society to support the UN Guiding Principles on BHR through advice to clients and by setting up training programs for attorneys on BHR principles.

BP Reports on Implementation of BHR Principles

April 2, 2014

Under pressure from nongovernmental organizations seeking corporate impact assessments on business and human rights ("BHR"), BP has published a report describing its actions protecting human rights in its operations and its future policies to align its practices with the UN Guiding Principles on BHR.

IHRB Publishes Report on Global BHR Implementation

April 2, 2014

The Institute for Human Rights and Business ("IHRB") has released a report examining state actions pressing corporations to implement of international business and human rights ("BHR") principles and calling for governments to do more to promote these principles in their economic policies.

UN Official Calls for Implementation of UNGPs in Security Principles

April 2, 2014

Alexandra Guaqueta, Chair of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights ("BHR"), has called for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on BHR ("UNGPs") within the framework of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

UN Working Group Releases Report Stressing NAPs

March 26, 2014

A report of the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises emphasizes pressure on countries to adopt national action plans ("NAPs") to further business and human rights principles.

Italy Releases Document Describing "Foundations" of a NAP

March 26, 2014

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released a document that lays out the "foundations" of what will become a national action plan ("NAP") for the country's implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Paper Calls for Treaty on "Human Rights Obligations of Business"

March 26, 2014

A paper by Surya Deva calls for countries to adopt a binding treaty on the legal obligations of businesses to respect human rights, as well as "labour rights and environmental rights," and seeks not only state enforcement of these obligations but also enforcement by nongovernmental organizations.

In Face of Pressure, McDonald's Performs Human Rights Due Diligence

March 26, 2014

Despite a failed vote on a nongovernmental organization-supported shareholder proposal seeking to force McDonald's to perform human rights due diligence, McDonald's decided to proceed with such due diligence as pressure mounts from activists for corporations to provide public assessments of their human rights impacts.

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