Business & Human Rights

  • WHO, ITU Produce Standard for Safer Headphones

    February 14, 2019

    The UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have published a global standard guiding companies on how to safely manufacture personal listening devices to prevent hearing loss, including the installation of an “automatic volume reduction” feature.

  • WEF Launches Project on “Transformation” of Civil Society Sector

    February 14, 2019

    The World Economic Forum (WEF) has announced that it is launching a project seeking to prepare civil society groups for the “transformation” caused by what it calls the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” by drawing their attention to such issues as “responsible digital transformation for social impact” and “group data and human rights.”

  • Swiss Council Considers Corporate Due Diligence Law

    February 14, 2019

    Juliane Kippenberg of Human Rights Watch explains how the Swiss Council of States, under pressure by nongovernmental organizations, is considering a bill that would impose requirements on Swiss companies to perform human rights due diligence to address negative social impacts of their global supply chains.

  • NGO Pushes for ILO Treaty on Rights of Women Workers

    February 14, 2019

    Aruna Kashyap of Human Rights Watch calls on apparel companies to support the development of a binding global treaty, to be administered by the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO), to tackle harassment of and violence against women in clothing supply chains.

  • Australian Court Rejects Coal Mine Due to Global Climate Agenda

    February 14, 2019

    Human Rights Watch has published an article celebrating the decision of a court in New South Wales in Australia rejecting an application by a company to mine coal because it would contribute to a rise in greenhouse gas emissions, characterizing the ruling as “the latest in a wave of litigation on climate change” around the world.

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