UN Guiding Principles

  • Chile Releases BHR Action Plan

    November 30, 2017

    The government of Chile has published a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (BHR) that explains how the government will require the private sector to implement the UN Guiding Principles on BHR and contribute to the fulfillment of the social and environmental targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Dutch Bank Adopts BHR Impact Assessments

    November 30, 2017

    Dutch development bank FMO has announced that, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR), it will perform "human rights impact assessments" to determine whether its investment projects threaten to violate the global BHR agenda and report on its human rights performance in its activities.

  • UN Group Releases Proposed Elements of BHR Treaty

    November 30, 2017

    The Chairmanship of the UN Working Group charged with negotiating the development of a binding UN treaty on business and human rights (BHR) has published a broad set of proposed elements of such a BHR treaty that places international obligations on signatories to enforce the BHR agenda and provide access to remedies.

  • NGOs Call for Increased Remedy Access in BHR Treaty

    November 29, 2017

    A group of nongovernmental organizations recently published a letter to the Ecuadorian chair of a UN working group charged with negotiating the development of a binding UN treaty on business and human rights (BHR) pushing for the inclusion in the treaty of, among other things, an effective international oversight body and expanded access to courts for BHR violations.

  • UN Body Develops Rights Framework for Trade Deals

    November 20, 2017

    Dr. Diane Desierto of the University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law explains how a recent General Comment from the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights seeks to embed international human rights law "in every step of States’ regulation of the conduct of business activities, trade, and investment," including in the negotiation of trade deals.

  • UN Working Group Forms Blog on BHR Remedies

    November 20, 2017

    In the run-up to its Business and Human Rights (BHR) Forum in Geneva at the end of November, the UN Working Group on BHR has launched a Forum blog series on the website of the BHR Journal to promote discussion among nongovernmental organizations and other contributors of how the UN body should bolster the right to remedy for BHR violations.

  • NGO Opposes "Voluntary" German BHR Policies

    November 20, 2017

    An article from Human Rights Watch on Germany's business and human rights (BHR) policies illustrates the growing opposition among activist groups to "voluntary" codes of BHR conduct for businesses in favor of a robust regulatory agenda that would require all businesses to perform BHR due diligence on their supply chains.

  • Lawyers Advance BHR Arbitration Proposal

    November 15, 2017

    In a review of a proposal by an international "working group" pushing for the development of a global arbitration system for business and human rights (BHR) disputes, law firm Hogan Lovells considers how to overcome potential obstacles in such a a system, including by publicizing the arbitration proceedings and pressing businesses to submit to arbitration.

  • NGOs Push Companies to Link Human Rights, SDGs

    November 15, 2017

    An open letter published by a group of nongovernmental organizations on the eve of the September UN Private Sector Forum to discuss financing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) highlights the links activists are making between achieving the SDGs and forcing businesses to abide by the global business and human rights agenda.

  • Kenya Publishes "Baseline Assessment" on BHR

    November 14, 2017

    The government of Kenya has developed a "baseline assessment" of its current laws and policies promoting the global business and human rights (BHR) agenda as it prepares to publish a "national action plan" announcing how it will force businesses operating in the country to implement the UN Guiding Principles on BHR.

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