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  • Facebook Sparks Criticism by Disabling Search Function

    June 18, 2019

    Sam Dubberley, a special advisor to Amnesty International’s Crisis Response team, highlights the pressures on the tech industry to support the global human rights agenda in an op-ed calling on Facebook to reverse its “betrayal” of the human rights community by ending a function that allowed NGOs to find evidence of rights violations.

  • UN Adds Tennis Associations to Climate Action Framework

    June 12, 2019

    The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change has announced that organizers of the four global Grand Slam tennis tournaments have joined the Sports for Climate Action Framework, an initiative aimed at reducing the climate impacts of the sports industry and promoting the UN’s climate change agenda at sporting events.

  • NGO Ranks Supermarkets on Plastics Action

    June 12, 2019

    The activist organization Greenpeace has published a ranking of 20 of the largest US grocery retailers on their actions to eliminate “single-use plastics” from their stores, finding that supermarkets are failing to act “with the urgency needed to address the pollution crisis they’re causing.”

  • NGO Publishes Finance Sector Guidance for Climate Action

    June 12, 2019

    The Centre for International Governance Innovation has published a report identifying a set of scenarios related to global warming that companies in the financial sector can use to develop strategies regarding how they will confront risks climate change poses to their investment portfolios.

  • Investors Support Swiss Corporate “Due Diligence” Legislation

    June 12, 2019

    The Ethos Foundation, an organization seeking to support “socially responsible investment,” and a group of institutional investors have called on the lower house of the Swiss Parliament to support legislation imposing “mandatory human rights due diligence” obligations on Swiss businesses.

  • NGO Coalition Accuses Companies of Ignoring “Living Wage” Pledges

    June 12, 2019

    The nongovernmental organization coalition called the Clean Clothes Campaign is criticizing major clothing brands for “violating internationally recognized human rights norms” by failing to fulfill pledges to ensure workers in their global garment supply chains receive a “living wage.”

  • Dutch Banking Initiative Issues BHR Guidance on Remedies

    June 12, 2019

    Participants in the Dutch Banking Sector Agreement on business and human rights (BHR) issues have released guidance for banks, based on the UN Guiding Principles on BHR, on providing remedies for alleged human rights violations to which they are linked through client relationships.

  • EU Agency Demands Improved Data Quality for AI

    June 12, 2019

    The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights has published a “focus paper” calling on businesses to improve data quality in artificial intelligence technologies to protect a range of fundamental rights, including to privacy, non-discrimination, and gender equality.

  • FIFA, UN Agree Gender Equality Partnership

    June 10, 2019

    UN Women and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) have signed a memorandum of understanding in which they agree to work together to ease access to soccer for women, to use sporting events to combat discrimination, and “to disseminate diverse sports content to promote gender equality.”

  • World Bank Issues “Sustainable” Bond on Food Waste

    June 05, 2019

    New Sustainable Development Bonds issued by the World Bank and finance company Okasan Securities to fund projects aimed at combating food waste illustrate the growing ecosystem of such green financial instruments seeking to implement the UN’s broad “sustainable development” agenda.

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