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2 Jun 2020

Blog

This section contains opinion pieces from the business and human rights movement, written by both our global team and many authors outside of our organisation. These have been curated and published by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

2024: The year of elections, conflict – and business transformation?

Will our next governments sustain a business-as-usual approach that helps drive accelerated climate breakdown, a fifth mass extinction, and unsustainable levels of inequality that threaten the fabric of our democracies? Or can our movements, collectively, help present ‘just economy manifestos’ to all politicians to highlight urgent opportunities that arise from emergent better practice, asks Phil Bloomer, BHRRC.

Blog series

Building momentum: Critical considerations in the Binding Treaty 2023 negotiations

In this blog series experts from various backgrounds and regions share their insights on the latest draft of the UN Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights ahead of the 9th session of the Intergovernmental Working Group.

Rights under fire: A business & human rights lens one year after Russia’s military aggressions in Ukraine

On 24 February Russia invaded Ukraine prompting widespread global economic sanctions. Businesses operating in Russia have been under pressure to review their presence and undertake heightened due diligence - but one year on more than 1,000 companies are still present and there is little evidence of effective action.

Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence

Experts from civil society, governments and business discuss what Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence could mean for advancing human rights in business.

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    Corporate responsibility to avoid complicity in genocide in Gaza

    21 Jun 2024 Dr. Irene Pietropaoli

    What are the implications of the ICJ's identification of "real and imminent risk" of genocide in Gaza for corporations with operations or business relationships with or in Israel? Dr. Irene Pietropaoli looks at the steps corporations must take in line with their obligations under international law not be complicit in and to ensure the prevention of genocide

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    Worker organising as a remedy for forced labour

    5 Jun 2024 Jennifer Gordon, Professor of Law, Fordham Law School

    Effective remedies for forced labour must include the full participation and engagement of workers alongside binding regulation, including forced labour import bans and legally binding agreements, if they are to be impactful and durable, argues Jennifer Gordon, Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. This will guarantee labour rights and dignity for workers.

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    CSDDD – A timid step forward in the fight against corporate human rights abuse

    21 May 2024 Jeffrey Vogt, Solidarity Center, Ruwan Subasinghe, International Transport Workers’ Federation & Paapa Danquah, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

    Key TU representatives welcome the approval of the CSDDD, but raise concerns over its ambition. They urge member states to take full advantage of the flexibility allowed to create stronger rules that will be more effective in protecting the rights of workers and trade unions when transposing into national law.

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    Sweden's CSDDD U-turn crucial step forward

    13 May 2024 Mathieu Vervynckt, Swedwatch

    Sweden’s fresh support for the CSDDD demonstrates there is a decisive affinity within the Council of Europe to hold companies accountable, argues Mathieu Vervynckt, Swedwatch.

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    Climate science and fossil fuel accountability (part 2)

    29 Apr 2024 Lucia Saborio Perez, Leigh Day

    How climate science can be used in court to hold fossil fuel companies accountable (part 2): Climate science and emissions reductions – assessing targets and measures

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    Climate science and fossil fuel accountability (part 1)

    29 Apr 2024 Lucia Saborio Perez, Leigh Day

    How climate science can be used in court to hold fossil fuel companies accountable (part 1): Climate science and causation – the role of attribution science

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    The case for a people-centred just energy transition

    23 Apr 2024 Joan Carling, Executive Director, Indigenous People’s Rights International, Phil Bloomer, Executive Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

    A global energy transition that is fast without being fair to Indigenous Peoples, workers and other communities risks falling flat. The International Energy Agency can help accelerate these efforts globally by recognising the centrality of human rights in the energy transition.

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    Beyond tier 1: Exploring “substantiated knowledge” in the German Supply Chain Act

    10 Apr 2024 Johannes Blankenbach and Saskia Wilks, BHRRC

    We analysed our own database of allegations of abuse against companies headquartered in Germany to unpick how “substantiated knowledge” can be most effectively applied to ensure the spirit of the law is upheld.

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    French case law confirms necessity to reassess the weight given to audits in business and human rights court cases

    26 Mar 2024 Laura Bourgeois, Litigation and advocacy officer at Sherpa & Clara Grimaud, Legal intern at Sherpa

    Recent French case law shows that social audits are being given undue weight in some business and human rights court cases. Laura Bourgeois and Clara Grimaud from Sherpa explore what steps could be taken to reduce the illegitimate reliance on audits as evidence in court.

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    Step change for corporate accountability as EU member states endorse due diligence directive

    20 Mar 2024 Sharan Burrow, Former General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, & Phil Bloomer, BHRRC

    Former Secretary General of the ITUC, Sharan Burrow, and BHRRC Executive Director, Phil Bloomer, reflect on the endorsement by EU member states of the CSDDD - the most important advance in business and human rights since the signing of the UN Guiding Principles in 2011.

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