Business & Human Rights

  • UN Business Partnerships Will Advance Sustainability Agenda

    November 12, 2014

    At a UN Industrial Development Organization conference that will mark the beginning of business partnerships in which the UN will pressure companies to advance its sustainability agenda, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for businesses to promote responsible environmental practices and social inclusion.

  • Shift Calls for Legal Advice Based on BHR Principles

    November 12, 2014

    Highlighting the attempts of nongovernmental organizations to portray the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ("BHR") as binding law, an article from the Shift Project calls for lawyers to warn their business clients about the legal risks of not complying with these principles.

  • International Tribunal Finds Corporate Criminal Liability

    November 05, 2014

    A human rights blog has praised a ruling of the UN-created Special Tribunal for Lebanon that corporations can be found criminally liable for contempt under international law as a potential precedent for extending criminal liability of corporations for alleged human rights violations.

  • Ecuador Seeks BHR Treaty to Rein in Transnational Corporations

    November 05, 2014

    Foreign Affairs Minister of Ecuador Ricardo Patiño writes that Ecuador is seeking a binding treaty on business and human rights ("BHR") in order to reform the "unfair world order" by holding transnational businesses to account for "arbitrary actions of corporate power."

  • ECCJ: EU Denies Rights to International Corporate Justice

    November 05, 2014

    The European Coalition for Corporate Justice ("ECCJ") argues that the EU must do more to require member states to permit foreign litigation based on claims of corporate human violations in the countries where these corporations are based.

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