Business & Human Rights

  • Facebook Data Controversy Puts Spotlight on Regulators

    April 26, 2018

    Politico reports that the ongoing public uproar over Facebook's treatment of user data has resulted in widespread scrutiny over whether national data-privacy regulators in Europe and the US are sufficiently staffed and effectively enforcing data standards.

  • Activists Applaud Climate Inquiry by Philippines Rights Body

    April 26, 2018

    Marking the Philippines Human Rights Commission's first public hearing on the human rights impacts of 47 global energy companies' contribution to climate change, a group of lawyers, rights advocates, and lawyers issued a statement supporting the Commission's inquiry as a "vital" step toward access to justice for the victims of global warming.

  • EC Seeks Boosted Role in "Sustainable" Finance

    April 26, 2018

    The European Commission (EC) recently hosted a conference in which participants, including heads of state and officials from international organizations, discussed how the EU should develop policies promoting a "sustainable" financial system, including by developing an EU classification system for "green" financial products.

  • UN Event Calls for Gender Equality in Sports Programming

    April 26, 2018

    UN bodies, the International Olympic Committee, and businesses recently partnered on an event reviewing the impacts of media portrayals of female athletes on their participation in sports, with participants identifying a duty of broadcasters and advertisers to promote women's equality in sports programming.

  • Court Limits US Lawsuits over Foreign Corporate Conduct

    April 25, 2018

    The US Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit under the Alien Tort Statute against a foreign bank accused of helping to finance terrorist activities outside the US, sharply limiting the ways in which people may seek redress from foreign corporations in US courts for alleged human rights violations.

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