UN Guiding Principles

  • NGO Targets Tobacco Company over BHR Principles

    July 24, 2017

    Human Rights Watch has published a call for shareholders of British American Tobacco to pressure the company to perform "due diligence" to prevent negative human rights impacts in its global supply chain, including in the US, and to publicly report its progress on addressing violations of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR).

  • NGOs Seek BHR Pressure by Clean Energy Investors

    July 21, 2017

    A group of nongovernmental organizations has launched an "investor briefing" counseling financiers of renewable energy projects on tools they should use, such as human rights "due diligence" and monitoring, to ensure that these projects comply with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR).

  • UN Body Calls for Australia to Embrace BHR Agenda

    July 18, 2017

    In a recent report, the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights has urged the Australian government to adopt a national action plan on implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR) and to impose liability on businesses that fail to perform "due diligence" regarding their global BHR impacts.

  • Letter Calls on EU to Enforce BHR "Due Diligence"

    July 14, 2017

    An open letter to the European Commission posted on the website of the Business & Human Rights (BHR) Resource Centre calls for the EU to develop a supranational enforcement mechanism requiring businesses in the garment sector to perform "due diligence" regarding human rights impacts in their supply chains in line with the UN Guiding Principles on BHR.

  • NGO Seeks End to Pervasive Corporate BHR "Impunity"

    July 13, 2017

    In its effort to spur on national and international policy reforms to strengthen the enforcement of the global business and human rights (BHR) agenda, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has issued its latest Corporate Legal Accountability Annual Briefing, spotlighting what it perceives to be the "impunity" of businesses that avoid accountability for BHR violations.

  • UN Agents: Sustainability Depends on BHR Action

    July 05, 2017

    At the annual OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct, members of the UN Working Group on business and human rights (BHR) called on companies to "embed" the global BHR agenda throughout their operations and "value chains" as part of their contributions to the UN's comprehensive Sustainable Development Goals.

  • UNICEF Publishes Global Guide on Child Rights and Mining

    June 29, 2017

    As part of its efforts to elaborate on the Children's Rights and Business Principles, a global guide for companies on how to implement international human rights guarantees for children in their operations, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has published a guide specifically focusing on how mining companies must perform "impact assessments" to address their children's rights impacts.

  • UK Committee Seeks Broad Liability for BHR Abuses

    June 21, 2017

    Barrister Katherine Tyler describes a recent report from the UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights that calls for a new British law creating a criminal offense for the failure by corporations to prevent violations of the business and human rights (BHR) agenda, including those committed by their subsidiaries and in other countries.

  • UN Group Pushes Canada on BHR Progress

    June 07, 2017

    Following an official visit to Canada, the UN Working Group on business and human rights (BHR) issues called for the country's government to do more to implement the UN Guiding Principles on BHR, including by performing BHR "impact assessments" and protecting indigenous peoples from the "exploitation of natural resources."

  • Scotland Promises BHR "Due Diligence" on Trade Deals

    June 06, 2017

    Amnesty International has welcomed the Scottish government's recent pledge to perform "human rights due diligence" to determine the rights impacts of all future trade agreements with foreign countries and corporations, in line with the demands of the global business and human rights (BHR) agenda.

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