Business & Human Rights

  • Investors Support Swiss Corporate “Due Diligence” Legislation

    June 12, 2019

    The Ethos Foundation, an organization seeking to support “socially responsible investment,” and a group of institutional investors have called on the lower house of the Swiss Parliament to support legislation imposing “mandatory human rights due diligence” obligations on Swiss businesses.

  • ILO Considers Binding Treaty on Workplace Violence, Harassment

    June 12, 2019

    A press release from the IndustriALL global union highlights an effort by nongovernmental organizations, governments, and businesses at the International Labour Organization (ILO) to advance a binding Convention on Violence and Harassment in the World of Work.

  • Academic Warns of Changes in Canadian BHR Mandate

    June 12, 2019

    Professor Penelope Simons of the University of Ottawa has warned that the Canadian government has signaled changes to its newly established position of Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise, set up to investigate rights violations by businesses operating abroad, that in her view will undermine the position’s investigatory powers.

  • NGO Coalition Accuses Companies of Ignoring “Living Wage” Pledges

    June 12, 2019

    The nongovernmental organization coalition called the Clean Clothes Campaign is criticizing major clothing brands for “violating internationally recognized human rights norms” by failing to fulfill pledges to ensure workers in their global garment supply chains receive a “living wage.”

  • UN Agent Accuses Canada of Discrimination on Toxic Waste Exposure

    June 12, 2019

    UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances Baskut Tuncak has accused the Canadian government of “a pervasive pattern of inaction” rising to the level of discrimination in its alleged failure to address the exposure of indigenous people to toxic chemicals and to impose regulations on the extractive industries.

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