Business & Human Rights

  • ISO Publishes Guidelines on “Human-Centred” Workplace

    March 20, 2019

    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published global guidelines calling on businesses and other organizations to maintain a “human-centred” workplace model by taking on the challenges technologies like artificial intelligence pose to employment in a “sustainable” way.

  • US Opposes "Prescriptive" Global Approach to Plastics Regulation

    March 18, 2019

    At the recent UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, US diplomats warned against an overly “prescriptive” approach to global governance of plastic waste, opposing the approach proposed by Malaysia and Turkey of creating a legally binding treaty to cut down on plastic production.

  • UN Report Calls for “Gender Mainstreaming” in Plastics Policies

    March 14, 2019

    Three reports recently published by the UN Environment Programme include global guidelines on how governments and international organizations should monitor and measure plastic pollution in the ocean and a call for “gender mainstreaming” in developing anti-plastic pollution policies.

  • UN Report Blames Extractives, Farming for Environmental Crisis

    March 14, 2019

    The UN Environment Programme has released a report fingering “extraction of materials” - including mining and farming - as the “chief culprit” in a range of environmental problems that, according to the acting head of the UN agency, may mean “there will be no tomorrow for many people.”

  • UN Pushes Global Standards for Chemical Production

    March 14, 2019

    The UN Environment Programme has published a report warning that the ongoing growth in global chemical production, including for pesticides, fertilizers, and sunscreen, will threaten human lives and the “sustainable development” agenda unless governments adopt and implement global standards on controlling chemical pollution.

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