Business & Human Rights

  • Standard Setters Seek Global Alignment of “Sustainability” Reporting

    April 04, 2019

    Standard setters and others participating in the Corporate Reporting Dialogue are engaged in an international consultation process considering how best to align frameworks for corporate reporting on “sustainable development” and how to integrate social and environmental data into financial reports.

  • Facebook Imposes New Rules on “Political Advertisers”

    April 03, 2019

    In response to a push by nongovernmental organizations and EU institutions to combat “fake news” and malign influence in the run-up to the European Parliament elections in May, Facebook has announced new rules requiring “political advertisers” to verify their identities and publicly disclose information about their ad reach.

  • New York Yankees Sign UN Climate Action Framework

    April 03, 2019

    Demonstrating the ongoing pressure from the UN and nongovernmental organizations on businesses to show they are seeking to combat global warming, the New York Yankees baseball club has signed on to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework, pledging to reduce and offset its carbon emissions and promote “climate awareness.”

  • Paper Warns Companies of UN Prohibition of “Cultural Appropriation”

    April 03, 2019

    The Centre for International Governance Innovation has published a paper exploring how governments and companies should, in line with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, prevent the fashion industry from engaging in “cultural appropriation” from minority populations, including through the use of intellectual property law.

  • UN Rights Observers Target Blackstone over Housing “Rights”

    March 27, 2019

    The asset management firm Blackstone Group has criticized as inaccurate a report from UN human rights mandate holders accusing it and other companies with real estate holdings of violating the global human right to “adequate housing” by raising the price of property and evicting tenants who fail to pay rent.

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