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  • Lawyers: Blockchain Can Help Companies Comply with UNGPs

    January 31, 2019

    Attorneys from the law firm Hughes Hubbard explain how blockchain technology could help businesses conform to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) by assisting in their efforts to perform “human rights due diligence” to examine the rights impacts of their complex, global supply chains.

  • UN Working Group Calls for BHR Promotion in Davos

    January 31, 2019

    The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (BHR) has called on government and business leaders meeting at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos to advance the “sustainable development” agenda by promoting BHR standards and human rights “due diligence” by companies around the world.

  • NGO Seeks Stronger BHR Reporting from Canadian Mining Companies

    January 16, 2019

    The nongovernmental organization Shift has produced a report pushing companies in the Canadian mining industry to broaden and strengthen their public reporting on implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR).

  • NGO Produces Test for Effective BHR Treaty

    January 08, 2019

    A quarterly update from the Business & Human Rights (BHR) Resource Centre raises critiques of the recently published “Zero Draft” of the binding UN treaty on BHR issues and proposes a three-part test of the effectiveness of such a treaty, focused on consultation with stakeholders, creation of proper BHR remedies, and corporate “due diligence” requirements.

  • NGO Publishes BHR Priorities for 2019

    January 08, 2019

    The Institute for Human Rights and Business recently published a list of the top 10 most important business and human rights (BHR) issues in 2019, pushing businesses to help eliminate discrimination across society and increase reporting to investors on BHR issues.

  • Roundtable Explores Tension Between BHR Agenda, Investment Deals

    January 04, 2019

    In September 2018, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment and the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (BHR) published a joint report on a roundtable they hosted exploring how to transform international investment agreements to better advance the BHR agenda in the area of “access to justice.”

  • UN Migrant Compact Seeks Tighter Business Regulation

    January 02, 2019

    A statement from a group of UN human rights mandate holders reveals the potential impact of the recently agreed UN migration accord on businesses, emphasizing the inclusion of language in the agreement requiring effective regulation of companies to ensure they do not commit human rights abuses against migrants.

  • NGO Seeks Appointment of Canadian Business Ombudsperson

    December 18, 2018

    The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability has published a press release “denouncing” the Canadian government’s delay in appointing an Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise, a post created over 10 months ago with the responsibility of investigating and recommending sanctions against companies that violate rights in their foreign activities.

  • Switzerland Publishes BHR Guidance for Commodity Sector

    December 17, 2018

    Swissinfo reports that the Swiss government has published guidance for companies operating in the commodity sector on how to comply with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR), including by setting up a system of BHR “due diligence” in their operations and global supply chains.

  • US Reports on Efforts to Advance the BHR Agenda

    December 17, 2018

    The US State Department has produced a document indicating US efforts to advance the global business and human rights (BHR) agenda in 2018, pointing to policies including the advancement of labor rights and a contribution to the human rights strategy of the winning US-Canada-Mexico 2026 World Cup bid.

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