Business & Human Rights

  • 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.

  • Working Group Chair Expands Mandate on BHR Principles

    September 10, 2014

    At a conference in London, the Chairman of the UN Working Group on business and human rights ("BHR") said he and other members interpreted their mandate from the UN Human Rights Council in "imaginative ways" to push governments and businesses to provide access to remedies for alleged BHR violations.

  • NGO Derides "Voluntary" Mechanisms to Promote BHR Principles

    September 10, 2014

    The director of the nongovernmental organization ("NGO") CORE argues that the U.K. must replace its voluntary standards implementing international business and human rights ("BHR") principles with binding laws to prevent British businesses from violating these principles in other countries.

  • UN's Online Child Safety Standards Include "Digital Citizenship" Education

    September 10, 2014

    In guidelines seeking to standardize how internet companies around the world protect "children's needs in the online world," a group of UN agencies included standards on "how to enable responsible digital citizenship, learning and civic participation."

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