UN Guiding Principles

  • UN Group Pushes WEF to Focus on Rights Agenda

    January 24, 2018

    The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (BHR) has called on governments and businesses convening in Davos for the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) to work toward a "fairer economic system that spreads the rewards of economic development to all" and to base their strategic decisions on the global human rights agenda.

  • UN Agent Critiques Australian Delay of BHR Action Plan

    January 16, 2018

    The Chairperson of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (BHR) has published a letter to Australia's UN office in Geneva expressing disappointment regarding the Australian government's decision not to develop a "National Action Plan" on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on BHR at this time.

  • Lawyer: EU Should Adopt Class Actions for Rights Victims

    January 08, 2018

    Christopher Patz of the European Coalition for Corporate Justice writes that the European Commission should expand proposals permitting consumers based in the EU to pursue class-action lawsuits against companies to people around the world claiming corporate violations of human rights and environmental laws.

  • NGOs Seek Action on Extractives Industry in NAPs

    January 05, 2018

    The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable and the Due Process of Law Foundation have published global guidance to governments on how to address alleged rights violations committed by the oil, gas, and mining industries in their "National Action Plans" (NAPs) implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

  • NGOs Launch Website on BHR and "Hard Law"

    January 04, 2018

    A group of human rights-focused nongovernmental organizations have launched a website called "BHR in Law" that track legal developments related to the global effort to bind corporations to a business and human rights (BHR) regime, "with a focus on mandatory human rights due diligence and parent company liability."

  • NGOs Update Toolkit on BHR Action Plans

    January 04, 2018

    The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable and the Danish Institute for Human Rights recently published the 2017 update of their "toolkit" for governments and others on the need for "National Action Plans" for implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR).

  • Ireland Publishes BHR Action Plan

    January 04, 2018

    The Irish Government has published a National Plan on Business and Human Rights (BHR) for the years 2017 to 2020 to give effect to the UN Guiding Principles on BHR in Ireland's promotion of "responsible business practice at home and overseas."

  • Article: BHR Due Diligence Must Consider Broad "Impacts"

    January 02, 2018

    David Birchall, a Fellow of the Business and Human Rights Journal, writes on the need for corporations to include in their business and human rights (BHR) due-diligence assessments human rights "impacts," such as tax avoidance and high pricing of important products, that do not reach the level of a "violation" of international human rights law.

  • NGO Seeks Funding for Community-Led BHR Mechanisms

    January 02, 2018

    Irit Tamir of Oxfam America calls on national governments to provide funding to local communities to participate in existing corporate "grievance mechanisms" or establish their own processes to investigate corporate actions that allegedly violate the business and human rights (BHR) agenda in these communities.

  • Commentator: Consider Mental Health in BHR Remedies

    January 02, 2018

    Jo Reyes of the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights calls for companies to perform a comprehensive assessment of the need to include mental-health considerations in their business and human rights (BHR) remedial mechanisms.

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