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  • Proposed International BHR Treaty Expands Business Obligations and Liabilities

    August 16, 2019

    The revised draft of the proposed international treaty on business and human rights greatly expands the scope of the proposed treaty, including application to all businesses and all human rights.

  • Attorneys Analyze Draft BHR Treaty Requirements

    August 01, 2019

    Attorneys from Hogan Lovells have published an overview of the latest draft of a binding UN treaty on business and human rights (BHR), which includes a requirement for states to impose mandatory “human rights due diligence” procedures on businesses and to criminalize a core set of rights violations.

  • Consultancy Guides Companies on BHR Impacts of Small Mines

    August 01, 2019

    Business and human rights (BHR) consultancy Löning has published a paper containing global guidance for businesses on implementing the UN Guiding Principles on BHR when sourcing materials from artisanal and small-scale mines.

  • Kenya Issues BHR Action Plan

    August 01, 2019

    The Kenyan government has published its National Action Plan on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR), with help in assessing the country’s current BHR protections from the nongovernmental organization Institute of Human Rights and Business.

  • Lawyer Calls for ICC Jurisdiction over Corporate Crime

    July 31, 2019

    Business and human rights lawyer Marie Davoise calls for governments to expand the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to include corporate criminal liability with the ultimate aim of encouraging national courts to assert jurisdiction over categories of international corporate crimes.

  • German BHR Plan Pushes Companies on “Due Diligence”

    July 26, 2019

    The German government has published an explanation of how its business and human rights (BHR) action plan is pushing companies, through standards that are currently voluntary, to perform “human rights due diligence” to address rights impacts throughout their global supply chains.

  • NGOs Call for EU Engagement on BHR Treaty Development

    July 26, 2019

    A group of nongovernmental organizations has called on EU institutions to consult with civil society in their review of the latest draft of a binding UN treaty on business and human rights (BHR) and engage in future negotiating sessions on the treaty seeking to “regulate business activities in international human rights law.”

  • NGO Seeks Investor Support for BHR in Renewable Energy

    July 25, 2019

    The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has produced a briefing calling on investors to pressure renewable-energy companies in which they invest to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights (BHR) in their operations, including by performing due diligence to address their rights impacts.

  • NGO Creates “Checklist” of BHR Standards for Indigenous Rights

    July 25, 2019

    The Danish Institute for Human Rights has created a “due diligence checklist” guiding corporations on how to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (BHR) with respect to the treatment of indigenous peoples.

  • UN Working Group Publishes Revised Draft of BHR Treaty

    July 24, 2019

    The intergovernmental working group charged with developing a binding UN treaty on business and human rights (BHR) has produced a revised draft that includes provisions for states to submit BHR disputes to the International Court of Justice and calls on states to establish liability for core BHR crimes.

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