Business & Human Rights

  • UN Agent Rallies World to Fulfill Development “Right”

    October 19, 2017

    UN Special Rapporteur on the right to development Saad Alfarargi has released a report calling on development and business leaders to align all work with the “right” of all people to development in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, Paris agreement on climate change, and other global frameworks.

  • UN Group Calls for New Treaty on Mercenaries

    October 19, 2017

    The UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries has recommended that states adopt a binding international treaty to regulate “private military and security companies,” asserting that such companies operate with "impunity" thanks to the lack of a global regulatory framework.

  • Officials Call for EU "Responsible Business" Plan

    October 18, 2017

    A group of national authorities has published a letter calling on the European Commission to proceed with developing an EU Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct that would make businesses responsible for addressing issues including "unemployment, poor working conditions, human rights violations, corruption and threats to the environment" across the globe.

  • UN Group Seeks Recognition of Duty to Provide BHR Remedies

    October 18, 2017

    Ahead of a discussion of corporate remedies for rights violations at the next UN Forum on Business and Human Rights (BHR), the UN's BHR Working Group has published a report recognizing a business responsibility to cooperate in the remediation of BHR abuses and to avoid discouraging claims of such abuses.

  • UN Agent Pushes BHR Agenda at World Bank

    October 18, 2017

    In line with the push by the UN human rights apparatus for the wide-ranging business and human rights (BHR) agenda, UN Independent Expert Alfred de Zayas has called on the World Bank to amend its constitution to ensure that it only pursues the financing of projects that advance human rights, protect the environment, and promote "the equitable distribution of wealth."

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