UN Guiding Principles

  • 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.”

  • Sustainable Development Solutions Network Highlights Plan for Implementing SDGs

    August 28, 2019

    A recent report, titled “Six Transformations to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goal’s” lays out an integrated framework for implementing the SDGs.

  • Business and Human Rights Reflect a "Galaxy of Norms"

    August 28, 2019

    The authors of a recent article describe a Business and Human Rights Galaxy "consisting of numerous norms that take the form of measures such as statutes, regulations, reporting requirements, common law duties, private voluntary standards, corporate codes of conduct, NGO best practices, international organization handbooks and checklists, and other sources."

  • Proposed International BHR Treaty Expands Business Obligations and Liabilities

    August 16, 2019

    The revised draft of the proposed international treaty on business and human rights greatly expands the scope of the proposed treaty, including application to all businesses and all human rights.

  • Attorneys Analyze Draft BHR Treaty Requirements

    August 01, 2019

    Attorneys from Hogan Lovells have published an overview of the latest draft of a binding UN treaty on business and human rights (BHR), which includes a requirement for states to impose mandatory “human rights due diligence” procedures on businesses and to criminalize a core set of rights violations.

  • Consultancy Guides Companies on BHR Impacts of Small Mines

    August 01, 2019

    Business and human rights (BHR) consultancy Löning has published a paper containing global guidance for businesses on implementing the UN Guiding Principles on BHR when sourcing materials from artisanal and small-scale mines.

  • Kenya Issues BHR Action Plan

    August 01, 2019

    The Kenyan government has published its National Action Plan on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR), with help in assessing the country’s current BHR protections from the nongovernmental organization Institute of Human Rights and Business.

  • Lawyer Calls for ICC Jurisdiction over Corporate Crime

    July 31, 2019

    Business and human rights lawyer Marie Davoise calls for governments to expand the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to include corporate criminal liability with the ultimate aim of encouraging national courts to assert jurisdiction over categories of international corporate crimes.

  • German BHR Plan Pushes Companies on “Due Diligence”

    July 26, 2019

    The German government has published an explanation of how its business and human rights (BHR) action plan is pushing companies, through standards that are currently voluntary, to perform “human rights due diligence” to address rights impacts throughout their global supply chains.

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