Business & Human Rights

  • NGOs Push for Mandatory EU Conflict Mineral Due Diligence

    July 23, 2014

    In response to a European Commission proposal for voluntary corporate reporting on conflict minerals from war-torn countries, a group of nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") is pushing the European Parliament to adopt stricter standards that require mitigation of the use of such minerals.

  • BHR Supporters Express Skepticism over Treaty Process

    July 18, 2014

    Government and civil society supporters of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ("BHR"), including the developer of the Guiding Principles John Ruggie, have warned of increasing polarization following a Human Rights Council vote establishing a working group to develop a binding BHR treaty.

  • Article Calls for Expanded Mandate on "Sustainability Reporting"

    July 18, 2014

    Professors Adam Sulkowski and Sandra Waddock call for governments to broadly interpret current corporate reporting laws to require reporting on human rights, environmental impacts, and other issues and to provide more explicit standards mandating that companies report on "sustainability" in their operations.

  • Coke, Pepsi Adopt UN Guidelines on Land Rights

    July 14, 2014

    Following the decision of Coca-Cola to support the UN Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure, which seek to pressure businesses to avoid violation of land ownership rights in developing countries, Pepsi has agreed to promote the Guidelines and carry out impact assessments in its supply chain. 

  • BHR Activists Seek UN Human Rights Council Support on Treaty

    July 14, 2014

    Advocates of a binding international treaty on business and human rights ("BHR") continue pressing their agenda at the UN Human Rights Council, blasting the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and UN Global Compact as insufficient and ineffective measures.

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