Business & Human Rights

  • NGOs Demand “Civil Rights Ombudsman” at Facebook

    January 15, 2019

    A group of nongovernmental organizations has published a letter placing responsibility on the leaders of Facebook for “bigotry and hatred towards vulnerable communities” on its platform and calling for the tech giant to appoint “an independent and permanent civil rights ombudsman” to review the impacts of Facebook’s policies.

  • World Bank Launches SDG-Linked Bonds for Asian Investors

    January 15, 2019

    The World Bank, in partnership with French bank BNP Paribas, recently introduced new bonds for investors in Hong Kong and Singapore that link investment returns with corporate contributions to the comprehensive social and environmental targets contained in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Canadian Lawmakers Seek Corporate Labor Reporting Mandate

    January 15, 2019

    Samantha Beattie reports that Canadian legislators have followed the trend of recent legislation in the UK and Australia by introducing a bill that would require businesses to file annual reports on steps they have taken to rid their global supply chains of forced labor.

  • Airbnb Faces Blowback over Ban of West Bank Settlement Listings

    January 11, 2019

    Forbes reports that online rental company Airbnb is facing investigations and lawsuits following its decision to ban from its website listings for properties in Israeli settlements in the disputed West Bank territory.

  • Activists Eye “Attribution Science” as Climate Compensation Tool

    January 11, 2019

    Lawyer Stephanie Morton explains how campaigners on climate change are using an emerging field called “probabilistic event attribution science” to place various levels of blame on companies over their contributions to global warming with an eye to extracting resources from them to redistribute to alleged victims of their “climate impacts.”

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