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  • New Index Grades 50 of the Largest U.S. Companies on their Support for First Amendment Rights

    June 14, 2022

    The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and Inspire Insight, a Christian financial analytics firm have quantified companies restriction of their employees’ freedoms of speech and religion by launching the 2022 Viewpoint Diversity Score Business Index,  ranking 50 of the largest U.S. companies according to whether their policies and actions supported or undermined Americans’ First Amendment rights.

  • Business and Human Rights: How New Laws in Europe and the UK Impact Companies Around the World

    March 30, 2022

    Jenner and Block LLP, writing on human rights and global strategy explore the evolution in the ten years of existence of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (the "UNGPs"), companies and governments around the world are increasingly finding themselves required to adhere to them as the guiding principles go from « soft law » to « hard law ».

  • Environmental CEO’s Lobby UN to Embrace ‘Nature-Positive by 2030’ Goal

    March 15, 2022

    CEOs from 14 of the world’s largest environmental organizations have established a mission with the goal of having a new Global Biodiversity Framework to be agreed upon at this years COP15 UN biodiversity summit in Kunming, China that calls for a global halt and reverse nature loss by 2030, aiming to reach full recovery by 2050.

  • UN: Roadmap for the Next Decade of Business and Human Rights

    December 01, 2021

    The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights has published a document entitled a Roadmap for the Next Decade of Business and Human Rights whose goal is to « raise the ambition and increase the pace of implementation, to improve coherence and create greater impact. »

  • New UNDP Human Rights Due Diligence Tool

    September 22, 2021

    The United Nations Development Programme ("UNDP") has published new human rights due diligence training materials and tools to help businesses prevent, mitigate, and account for potential human rights abuses in their operations and supply chains.

  • Rights Group files Complaint Against German Retailers over Chinese Textiles

    September 08, 2021

    The human rights group, European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), filed a complaint to German prosecutors alleging that several fashion retailers, including Lidl and Hugo Boss, profited from forced labour within the cotton industry in China's Xinjiang region.

  • Corporate Criminal Liability for International Crimes: France and Sweden Poised To Take Steps Forward

    September 08, 2021

    JustSecurity examines recent developments of the trend to hold corporations accountable for their participation in human rights violations and international crimes and how it is experiencing renewed momentum, especially seen in  The Lundin Case in Sweden and The Lafarge Case in France.

  • Swiss Data Protection Regulator Outlines Framework for Transferring Data to the SEC

    August 25, 2021

    Following the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) requirement that those registered must maintain certain books and records, the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (“Swiss DPC”) released its framework for SEC registrants to be able to provide personal data in response to SEC examination and inspection requests, while maintaining compliance with Swiss data protection laws.

  • EU Issues Guidance for Businesses on Forced Labour Due Diligence

    August 11, 2021

    The European Commission and European External Actions Service published Guidance on Due Diligence for EU Businesses to Address the Risk of Forced Labour in their Operations and Supply Chains, reflecting the increasing trend towards mandatory human rights due diligence.

  • Senator Cotton Urges Coca-Cola to Condemn China’s Human Rights Abuses

    July 28, 2021

    Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.), during a hearing of the Congressional Executive Commission on China,  pressed Paul Lalli, global vice president of human rights at Coca-Cola on the company’s decision to act as a sponsor to the 2022 Beijing Olympics despite China’s human rights abuses against the Uyghurs.

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