Business & Human Rights

  • Committee Drafts International Standard on Security Providers

    July 11, 2014

    The International Organization for Standardization has created a new "Project Committee" to develop a set of standards it will push private security providers to follow with regard to human rights and humanitarian law.

  • UN Meeting Pushes Businesses to Promote Sustainability Agenda

    July 11, 2014

    At a recent meeting of the UN Global Compact and entities associated with UN principles on investment and management education, the UN Secretary-General and others called for businesses to promote the international agenda on climate change and "sustainable" corporate practices.

  • NCPs Discuss Duties of Finance of Extractives Sector

    July 11, 2014

    A group of National Contact Points ("NCPs") for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises recently joined a meeting at which they discussed the application of the Guidelines to financial industries with investments in the extractive sector.

  • NGOs Claim Liability of Corporate Executives for Global Warming

    July 10, 2014

    Three nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") have sent a letter to corporate executives of insurance and energy companies suggesting that, in future lawsuits, courts may hold them personally liable for the harms caused by climate change.

  • NGO Criticizes Conflict Minerals Reporting as Insufficient

    July 10, 2014

    As U.S. companies release their first legally required reports on the use of "conflict minerals" from war-torn areas in Africa in their products, the nongovernmental organization ("NGO") Global Witness has complained that these reports do not sufficiently assess companies' use of these minerals.

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