Business & Human Rights

  • NGOs Endorse Human Rights Principles on Internet Issues in Africa

    September 24, 2014

    At the recent Internet Governance Forum in Turkey, a group of nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") developed an "African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms," pressuring countries and businesses to view their policies on net neutrality and internet affordability as potential human rights issues.

  • NGO Report Pushes Businesses on Climate Issues

    September 24, 2014

    Supported by UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, a group of nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") have published a report placing pressure on businesses around the world to adopt and implement changes in their energy policy to achieve a "net zero emissions society."

  • UNGA Adopts Global Governance on Debt Restructuring

    September 17, 2014

    The UN General Assembly ("UNGA") has adopted a resolution establishing an "international legal framework" that deals with government restructuring of sovereign debt and seeks to prevent "adverse human rights impacts" caused by financial companies attempting to collect this debt.

  • WEF Guide Seeks Investments in "Positive Social Impacts"

    September 17, 2014

    The World Economic Forum ("WEF") has published a guide promoting "impact investing," which calls on for-profit businesses to produce a "transformational positive social impact" in their operations.

  • ILO Pushes Partnerships on Labor Issues in Retail Industry

    September 17, 2014

    As part of the UN's initiatives pushing internationally developed labor standards, the UN's International Labour Organization ("ILO") has announced a partnership with retailer H&M to promote such standards, as well as the development of "employers' and workers' organizations" in the garment industry.

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