Business & Human Rights

  • UN, UAE Partner on Business Roundtable on Climate

    July 19, 2019

    The UN recently partnered with the government of the United Arab Emirates on a roundtable meeting with business, government, and activist organizations on how to achieve a “just transition” to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in compliance with the UN’s Paris climate accord.

  • NGOs Seek EU Trade Pressure on Brazil over Rights

    July 18, 2019

    Highlighting how nongovernmental organizations are pushing governments to use their trade policies to enforce the global human rights agenda, a group of 340 NGOs have called on EU institutions to express disapproval of Brazil’s alleged rights violations by pulling out of a pact between European and South American trade blocs.

  • NGO Accuses Australian Banks of Financing Rights Abuses

    July 18, 2019

    The nongovernmental organization Friends of the Earth Australia has accused the largest four banks in Australia of financing companies engaged in the palm oil trade that are involved in environmental and human rights abuses in foreign countries.

  • Coalition Offers Benchmarks for Corporate SDG Contributions

    July 17, 2019

    A report from the World Benchmarking Alliance, a civil society and business coalition, offers seven “system transformations” as the basis for benchmarking thousands of companies in an effort to encourage businesses to help fulfill the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • Academic: AI Requires Global-Governance Response

    July 17, 2019

    Javier Busquets of ESADE Business and Law School writes that the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and the associated struggle for control of its applications between governments and digital corporations must be resolved through new forms of global governance.

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