UN Guiding Principles

  • Ruggie Seeks New Path for Development of BHR Agenda

    August 18, 2017

    Professor John Ruggie of Harvard University has published an article indicating the limits of both voluntary and regulatory approaches to persuading corporations to take into account their human rights impacts and suggests the need for a new path, recognizing the "dynamic interplay" between these approaches, to advance the business and human rights (BHR) agenda.

  • UN Group Merges BHR, SDG Agendas

    August 18, 2017

    A document from the UN Working Group on business and human rights (BHR) highlights efforts by the UN to merge its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the BHR agenda, asserting that the SDGs cannot be achieved unless businesses implement their duties under the UN Guiding Principles on BHR and perform "due diligence" on their rights impacts.

  • Academics Explore NGO Strategy for BHR Treaty

    August 18, 2017

    Nadia Bernaz of Wageningen University and Irene Pietropaoli of Middlesex University have published an article suggesting useful strategies for nongovernmental organizations in negotiations over the development of a binding UN business and human rights (BHR) treaty, including securing the support of Western countries for the treaty.

  • Academic Explores Legislation on BHR Due Diligence, Reporting

    August 16, 2017

    Justine Nolan University of New South Wales has published a paper exploring how the UN and global human rights and environmental activists have succeeded in pushing countries like Australia to force businesses to use "traditional corporate concepts," including "due diligence" and public reporting, to advance the business and human rights (BHR) agenda in their supply chains.

  • NGOs Criticize Germany's BHR Record

    August 16, 2017

    Deutsche Welle reports that the nongovernmental organizations Germanwatch and Misereor have released a report documenting instances in which German companies violated the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR) and calling on the German government to establish a stronger framework requiring businesses to respect rights when operating abroad.

  • NGOs Urge Japan to Publish BHR Action Plan

    August 14, 2017

    A group of nongovernmental organizations has published an open letter to Japanese authorities calling on them to take "immediate steps" to publish a "national action plan" on implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR) and the Sustainable Development Goals that reflects global guidance issued by the UN Working Group on BHR issues.

  • CoE Holds Seminar on Business and Human Rights

    August 14, 2017

    The Council of Europe (CoE) has continued its push for its member countries to implement global standards on holding businesses responsible for alleged human rights violations across the globe, convening "international partners, national governments, experts, academics and civil society representatives" for a high-level seminar on "human rights and business" in June.

  • NGOs Push for Human Rights Reform in Trade Deals

    August 11, 2017

    The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable and the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations have published a paper calling for the reform of the "investor-state dispute settlement" system model, present in nearly all modern trade deals, to provide for accountability under the global human rights and environmental agendas.

  • NGOs Call for EU Mandates on BHR in Finance Sector

    August 11, 2017

    A coalition of nongovernmental organizations has called on the EU to use its completion of the so-called "Capital Markets Union" to impose new regulations on the financial sector requiring broad "environmental, social, and governance" action, including public reporting, due diligence, and redress mechanisms in line with the global business and human rights (BHR) agenda.

  • UN Rights Office Provides BHR Guidance for Banks

    August 10, 2017

    The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has provided broad guidance, in response to a request from a nongovernmental organization, on factors giving rise to a bank's involvement in a violation of the business and human rights (BHR) agenda, as well as its responsibility to redress such a violation and provide access to a "grievance mechanism."

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