Business & Human Rights

  • NGO Demands Enforceable Labor Standards in Fashion Industry

    February 22, 2019

    The International Labor Rights Forum has published a report calling for the replacement of voluntary initiatives by businesses in the apparel industry on worker safety in their global supply chains with a “worker-centered, worker-driven,” enforceable model forcing clothing brands to adhere to global labor rights standards.

  • NGO Critiques Action Plans on Implementing UNGPs

    February 22, 2019

    The Danish Institute for Human Rights has published a global review of national action plans on implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in government policy, including critiques of many governments for failing to follow NGO recommendations in creating these plans.

  • Securities Commission Group Promotes ESG Reporting

    February 21, 2019

    The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has applauded the International Organization of Securities Commissions for issuing a report promoting the disclosure by securities issuers of the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) impacts of financial assets to investors.

  • CoE Committee Warns of Digital Threats to Democracy

    February 21, 2019

    The Council of Europe’s (CoE) Committee of Ministers has adopted a declaration calling on CoE governments to construct legal safeguards against the use of advanced digital technologies to “manipulate social and political behaviours” and to promote “critical digital literacy skills” to blunt the impact of such technologies.

  • EU Agency Calls for Rights Safeguards in Speech Removal Rules

    February 21, 2019

    The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has released an opinion on an EU proposal for regulating the removal by internet companies of terrorist content in which the FRA calls for the inclusion of rights safeguards in the legislation including limiting the affected content and providing for judicial supervision of the removal process.

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