Business & Human Rights

  • UN Launches Digital Platform on Corporate SDG Action

    September 19, 2018

    The UN Global Compact, a “corporate sustainability” network aimed at advancing the UN’s social and environmental goals among the business community, has launched a digital platform called the Academy as a new tool to train business leaders how to help the UN achieve its expansive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • NGO Rankings Pressure Pension Funds on Climate Action

    September 11, 2018

    A nongovernmental initiative called the Asset Owners Disclosure Project has published a ranking of climate action by the world’s largest public pension funds, warning that 60 percent of these funds have “little or no strategy” on how they plan to comply with the global agenda aiming to restrict corporate greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Germany Launches Monitoring of BHR Due Diligence

    September 05, 2018

    The German government has launched a three-year monitoring process to find whether German businesses are engaging in “human rights due diligence” measures as envisioned in the country’s business and human rights (BHR) action plan and to determine the need for mandatory BHR-oriented legislative measures.

  • Observer Calls for Safeguards on Facial-Recognition Tech

    September 05, 2018

    Cynthia Wong of Human Rights Watch uses the Australian Parliament’s consideration of the expansion of law-enforcement reliance on facial-recognition technology to raise general concerns about the human rights implications of government and corporate use of such technology and the need for “explicit safeguards” regarding its implementation.

  • NGOs, Businesses Form Alliances to Promote Climate Action

    September 05, 2018

    Environmental activist organization WWF has applauded the formation, under the banner “Alliances for Climate Action,” of networks in Japan, Mexico, and the US involving governments, businesses, and nongovernmental organizations committing to policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions to fulfill the UN’s 2015 Paris climate deal.

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