Business & Human Rights

  • UN Launches “Big Data” Environment Initiative at Business Forum

    March 13, 2019

    During the second session of its Science-Policy-Business Forum, the UN Environment Programme launched an initiative seeking to harness artificial intelligence and other technologies to build massive stores of global data with the aim of advancing the UN’s broad environmental agenda.

  • EU Ministers Approve List of “Non-Cooperative Tax Jurisdictions”

    March 13, 2019

    EU finance ministers have approved a new European Commission-developed list of “non-cooperative tax jurisdictions” to pressure countries to “come into line with international standards on transparency and fair taxation,” especially of corporations.

  • EU Parliament Approves Law on “Unfair” Food Supply Practices

    March 13, 2019

    The European Parliament has approved a proposal to ban a set of “unfair trading practices” in the European food supply chain, targeting large retailers and other companies accused by EU member states of unilaterally imposing certain conditions on supply agreements.

  • EU Institutions Agree to Standards on Financial Sustainability Disclosures

    March 08, 2019

    The European Parliament and Council of the EU have agreed to uniform EU standards governing how financial firms must inform investors of the environmental and social impacts of their investment decisions.

  • UN Rights Chief Delays Report on Businesses in Israeli Settlements

    March 07, 2019

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has delayed the publication of a report listing companies that do business in Israeli settlements located in lands claimed by Palestine, as some observers warn such a list will be used to organize boycotts against Israel and will harm businesses that have no influence over settlements policy.

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