Business & Human Rights

  • OECD Contact Point Receives Complaint over Coffee Production in Brazil

    November 30, 2018

    OECD Watch reports that a nongovernmental organization and a union recently filed a complaint with the Brazilian national contact point for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises pushing for mediation with a group of food and coffee companies to resolve alleged poor treatment of workers in their supply chains.

  • Mattel Partners with UN on TV Show’s SDG Promotion

    November 30, 2018

    The Los Angeles Times reports that Mattel and the UN are engaged in a collaborative project through which UN staffers assist in creating stories for the television show “Thomas & Friends” that promote the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including by using “gender-sensitive language” and teaching children about the UN’s environmental agenda.

  • WHO Report Blames Tobacco for Environmental Degradation

    November 30, 2018

    As part of the UN’s expansive campaign against tobacco products, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) secretariat for its tobacco control treaty has warned of the “tremendously destructive” impacts businesses engaged in tobacco production have on the environment, including through deforestation, soil degradation, and cigarette butt disposal.

  • UN, NGO Coalition Launch Gender Innovation Principles

    November 30, 2018

    UN Women and the nonprofit and business alliance Global Innovation Coalition for Change recently launched the Gender Innovation Principles to provide a “benchmark” for businesses and other organizations on “how to include women and women’s needs throughout the innovation life cycle.”

  • UNFCCC Relaunches Online Emissions Reduction Platform

    November 29, 2018

    The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) recently relaunched its online platform permitting companies to purchase offsets for their carbon emissions, with the funding sent to “green” projects in developing countries registered under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism to advance the global climate change agenda.

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