Corporate Citizenship

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.

PepsiCo Commits to Impact Assessments

March 26, 2014

PepsiCo has announced that it will begin issuing "sweeping social and environmental" impact assessments and has committed to preventing "land grabs" in its supply chain as Oxfam and other nongovernmental organizations ramp up campaigns in favor of such assessments.

UN-Sponsored Business Initiative Accused of Bad Governance

March 19, 2014

A group of Danish companies have withdrawn from the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, a nonprofit corporation that promotes environmental, social, and corporate governance principles, criticizing the initiative for reducing the input member businesses have in the direction of the organization.

Human Rights Advocate Seeks "Robust" NAPs to Bind Businesses

March 19, 2014

Human rights advocate Joanne Bauer asserts that countries should adopt national action plans ("NAPs") implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights that "make mandatory" the corporate respect of human rights principles and provide "clear rules of the road" for businesses.

UNESCO Seeks Corporate Commitment on Funding Education

March 19, 2014

The UN Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization ("UNESCO") is promoting a new campaign that will seek to bind businesses to committing at least 20 percent of their spending on corporate social responsibility to education initiatives, and to agreeing to work with governments on education initiatives.

AI Calls for Greater Corporate Exposure to Human Rights Lawsuits

March 19, 2014

Amnesty International ("AI") has published a report calling for recognition of a right to receive compensation from corporations for alleged human rights violations and seeking adoption of "an express legal duty of care" to respect human rights in global operations to "counter-balance" limitations on corporate liability.

NGO Calls for Enforcement of BHR Principles on Agriculture Investors

March 19, 2014

The nongovernmental organization ("NGO") the International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity has called for governments to hold accountable large businesses in the agricultural sector for failure to implement business and human rights ("BHR") principles in order to uphold the "right to food."

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