UN Guiding Principles

  • Greenwood: Verily Coronavirus Test Yields Personal Data Bounty

    April 06, 2020

    Writing in Foreign Policy, Faye Greenwood explains how, with the blessing of both federal and state governments, Google's Verily has set up a system where people must choose between sharing their health data with the company and, practically speaking, not getting a coronavirus test.

  • EFF: How Google Shares, Monetizes, and Exploits User Data

    March 24, 2020

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation ("EFF") explains that Google monetizes what it observes about people by using data to build individual profiles with demographics and interests that advertisers use to target groups based on traits and by sharing data with advertisers directly and soliciting bids on individual ads.

  • Coronavirus Could Be a ‘Catalyst’ for China to Boost Mass Surveillance

    February 26, 2020

    According to a CNBC report, privacy experts fear that, with the help of technology companies, China could use the coronavirus outbreak to boost its mass surveillance capabilities.

  • EU Commission President Unveils Plans to Achieve Climate Neutrality

    December 12, 2019

    Following the European Parliament's recent declaration of a climate emergency, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen unveiled the Commission's plans to achieve climate neutrality in the EU by 2050, with leaders of the Parliament's political groups considering how the future "European Climate law" is funded and implemented in an economically and socially balanced way.

  • UNITAR Trains Leaders in Business and Human Rights Agenda

    December 12, 2019

    Recently, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research's ("UNITAR’s") Division for Multilateral Diplomacy delivered a two-day workshop entitled "Business and Human Rights," the purpose of which was to help the 60 participants from governments, business, civil society and other stakeholders "gain a thorough understanding of the Business and Human Rights agenda and provide leadership perspectives on the potential and challenges to implement the UN Guiding Principles as an essential means to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)."

  • Milliken & Company Joins UN Global Compact

    December 11, 2019

    Milliken & Company has announced that it has joined the United Nations Global Compact initiative, a voluntary initiative for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible business practices in accordance with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.

  • GRI Issues Progress Report on UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

    November 27, 2019

    By analyzing 23 National Action Plans ("NAPs") produced by governments, the Global Reporting Initiative ("GRI") has reported on the progress countries have made toward meeting their obligations under the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, concluding that governments need to do more to help businesses understand, mitigate, and improve their human rights impacts.

  • Draft Report of 5th Session Results in BHR Treaty Update

    October 23, 2019

    The IGWG has released a revised draft for a legally binding instrument to regulate the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights.  

  • Business and Human Rights Draft Treaty Progresses

    October 16, 2019

    A new version of the UN’s draft treaty on business and human rights strengthens its protection focus.

  • NSF Awards Seek to Combine STEM with UN Development Goals

    September 03, 2019

    The National Science Foundation (“NSF”) has awarded a grant to Wittenberg University and other colleges to create a Science Technology Engineering and Math (“STEM”) Business curriculum featuring the UN Sustainable Development goals, resulting in a curriculum “that seeks to co-address poverty, equity issues, and environmental challenges, while supporting a thriving economy.”

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