UN Guiding Principles

  • U.S. State Department Announces Process for BHR Plan

    February 18, 2015

    The U.S. State Department has issued answers to "frequently asked questions" regarding its development of a "national action plan" on business and human rights ("BHR") indicating that application of the plan to business conduct will take place both in the domestic sphere and around the world.

  • Academic: Tax Avoidance Has BHR Implications

    February 18, 2015

    At a recent conference in Dublin, lecturer Shane Darcy called for activists to place pressure on governments to clamp down on corporate tax avoidance in order to use the proceeds to promote the business and human rights ("BHR") agenda.

  • ICAR Calls for Unity Behind Diverging BHR Approaches

    February 18, 2015

    The Director of the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable ("ICAR") writes that in order to be successful in forcing companies and governments to recognize the global business and human rights ("BHR") agenda, activists must embrace both voluntary and binding BHR initiatives.

  • NGOs Call on EU to Open Door to Foreign Lawsuits

    February 11, 2015

    A group of nongovernmental organizations has called on the EU to expand access to would-be foreign plaintiffs in European courts for alleged business violations of their rights and to impose mandatory due diligence requirements on European companies regarding their human-rights impacts.

  • NGOs Launch Consultations on Binding BHR Treaty

    February 04, 2015

    A pair of nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") have initiated consultations with groups around the world seeking to shape proposed provisions for a binding international treaty on business and human rights ("BHR").

  • Ruggie Calls on Switzerland to Implement BHR Principles

    February 04, 2015

    Harvard Professor and developer of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ("BHR") John Ruggie has called for Switzerland to adopt a national action plan in order to pressure businesses to abide by the BHR Principles.

  • UN Treaty Bodies Push for Business Accountability in SDGs

    January 28, 2015

    A group of UN treaty body committees has called for the inclusion of the UN's human rights agenda in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals ("SDGs"), including holding companies accountable for alleged violations of globally developed business and human rights standards.

  • Amnesty International Supports Binding BHR Treaty

    January 28, 2015

    Arguing that the "voluntary" UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ("BHR") are insufficient, Amnesty International is supporting the development of a binding treaty to require countries around the world to pass and enforce laws prohibiting BHR violations.

  • Professor Seeks Global Corporate Regulation Framework

    January 28, 2015

    Spanish Professor Juan Hernandez Zubizarreta has published a paper calling for an "International Peoples Treaty" that legally prohibits companies from engaging in violations of the international business and human rights agenda and creates a global corporate regulator and court.

  • Groups Release Draft BHR Reporting Framework

    January 21, 2015

    The nongovernmental organization Shift and the consulting group Mazars have published a draft "reporting framework" to press businesses around the world to report on their progress in implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ("BHR").

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