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2 Jun 2020


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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    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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    Latin America and the Caribbean: New standards on the horizon to protect human rights defenders fighting harmful business practices

    19 Mar 2024 Lady Nancy Zuluaga Jaramillo, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

    From fighting deforestation and illegal mining in the Amazon to raising concerns about the impacts of megaprojects and the climate crisis, Indigenous peoples, community leaders, environmental defenders, peasants and workers play a pivotal role in protecting their rights, territories, natural resources and the environment across Latin America and the Caribbean. All this, while experiencing a frequently hostile environment, and where challenging corporate power might prove extremely dangerous or even deadly. Despite these hazardous circumstances, the Inter-American Human Rights system is demonstrating real leadership in key areas of law and policy to protect human rights defenders.

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    Due Diligence Directive: Europe’s vision comes under attack from within

    5 Mar 2024 Phil Bloomer, BHRRC

    For the last four years, the EU Commission, Parliament, and Council of member states have carefully negotiated new ground-breaking legislation to ensure markets deliver broader wealth sharing, climate security, and respect for human rights in corporate value chains. All efforts must focus on rebuilding EU-wide consensus after last week's failure by member states to endorse the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive, argues Phil Bloomer, Executive Director of the BHRRC.

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    Law of unintended consequences: Rejection of the EU Due Diligence Directive will bring back Dutch Child Labour Act, driving legal fragmentation

    5 Mar 2024 David Ollivier de Leth, MVO Platform, & Joseph Wilde-Ramsing, SOMO

    If the CSDDD is not adopted in the final vote, there are wider implications: without a unifying directive, companies will face varying standards and expectations as important domestic legislative processes will develop - and resume - across the economic bloc. One such example is the Child Labour Due Diligence Act in the Netherlands, as David Ollivier de Leth, MVO Platform, & Joseph Wilde-Ramsing, SOMO explain.

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    Two years of Russian aggression: Decisive action by Western states urgently needed to ensure responsible business conduct

    14 Feb 2024 Ella Skybenko, BHRRC

    It’s been almost two years since the start of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, yet many companies continue to play a critical role in enabling the aggression that brings endless human suffering. While the US, the EU and other Western countries have imposed unprecedented sanctions, more needs to be done, including further guidelines and enforcement mechanisms.

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    In focus: Tech sector transparency & the Global South

    25 Jan 2024 Danny Rayman, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

    Our monitoring of tech companies' human rights policies and practice reveals poor transparency underpinning a litany of abuse linked to the sector, particularly in the Global South. Danny Rayman explains the key issues as we update our company dashboards to cover 120+ tech firms.

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    Accountability in conflict: The problem of tech company opacity

    17 Jan 2024 Phil Bloomer, BHRRC

    The siege and corralling of Palestinian civilians, and massive loss of civilian life, alongside the destruction of homes and essential infrastructure has led South Africa to accuse Israel of genocide before the International Court of Justice, which Israel refutes. But while the Court considers the case, momentum is also growing around demands for accountability from other actors - including the companies and investors associated with the conflict. Phil Bloomer asks what heightened due diligence efforts have been undertaken?

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    COP28 Breakdown: Striving for a just transition amid human rights hurdles

    17 Jan 2024 Natalia Daza Niño, BHRRC

    COP28 delivered some highly caveated progress in the race against climate change – but the required scope and speed of the deployment of renewable energy assets comes with its own set of human rights challenges.

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