UN System

  • Activists Question Effectiveness of Draft BHR Treaty

    December 17, 2018

    Corporate social responsibility (CSR) consultant Marta Piazza writes that activists are critiquing the “Zero Draft” of a binding UN treaty on business and human rights (BHR) recently produced by a UN working group for its largely indirect effect on companies and minimal action on corporate dispute settlement systems under existing trade agreements.

  • NGO Database Pushes “Sustainability” Through BHR Agenda

    December 13, 2018

    The Danish Institute for Human Rights recently launched a database pushing businesses to align their operations with the global business and human rights (BHR) agenda by providing examples of how corporate BHR implementation contributed to the comprehensive targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Mining, Metals Industry Body Requires Adherence to UNGPs

    December 12, 2018

    In November, the International Council on Mining & Metals, a global industry body promoting “safe, fair and sustainable” practices in the mining and metals industry, became the first such body to require member companies to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).

  • Italy Publishes Five-Year BHR Action Plan

    December 12, 2018

    The Italian government recently published its first National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (BHR), for the years 2016 through 2021, as “an instrument to move towards the new needs of interaction between human rights and the economic dimension,” as outlined in the UN Guiding Principles on BHR.

  • NGO Produces “Mapping” of Women’s Issues in UNGPs

    December 10, 2018

    The Danish Institute for Human Rights has published a global “mapping” of gender-related issues national governments should review when considering their implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).

  • Ruggie: Facebook Must Do More to Comply with BHR Principles

    December 10, 2018

    Harvard Professor John Ruggie writes that, given the range of problems tech giant Facebook is facing, from allegations of electoral interference to allowing “murderous incitement” on its platform, the tech giant must alter its business model to work toward its pledge to comply with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR).

  • NGOs Push Hong Kong on Implementing BHR Standards

    December 04, 2018

    The Hong Kong UPR Coalition has published a report calling on the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in China to do more to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR) and OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises to protect labor rights in the region.

  • NGO Releases Videos on Maritime BHR Obligations

    December 03, 2018

    The nongovernmental organization Human Rights at Sea recently released a series of videos aimed at educating the public on how businesses should comply with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR) in their maritime operations.

  • Reports Seek BHR Due Diligence in Development of AI

    December 03, 2018

    A series of reports recently published by business and human rights (BHR) advocates push for businesses to implement a framework of BHR due diligence requirements, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on BHR, when developing and using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.

  • UN Body Proposes Implementation Mechanisms for BHR Treaty

    November 30, 2018

    The UN Working Group on business and human rights (BHR) issues has created a draft protocol for potential adoption by national governments requiring them each to establish a National Implementation Mechanism to investigate and oversee compliance with a proposed BHR treaty.

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