Business & Human Rights

  • 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.

  • UN Website Presses Businesses on Women's "Empowerment"

    September 17, 2014

    UN Women has launched a "business hub for gender equality" that uses company "success stories" in empowering women to push for companies around the world to go beyond legal requirements in promoting "gender-responsive" practices.

  • WEF Pushes Businesses to Fight Climate Change

    September 17, 2014

    At a meeting organized by the World Economic Forum ("WEF") in China, government participants called on businesses, in the absence of any new legally binding international climate agreements, to fight climate change and fulfill the goal of achieving "common prosperity."

  • UN Hosts "Sustainability" Meeting with Industry Associations

    September 17, 2014

    The UN Global Compact recently hosted a meeting with global industry and trade associations on spreading the internationally developed agenda on "corporate sustainability," calling on these groups to pressure their members to accept and implement these principles.

  • NGOs Claim Legal Duty to Regulate BHR Abroad

    September 17, 2014

    A group of nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") have published a report asserting that governments have an obligation under international law to prevent violations of business and human rights ("BHR") principles that occur on foreign soil.

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