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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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    Human rights due diligence legislation: New hope for victims of land grabs in Cambodia?

    24 Jun 2021 Coleen Scott and Sarah Singh, Inclusive Development International

    Mandatory due diligence laws may offer opportunity for redress for communities affected by longstanding patterns of abuse in their supply chains, write Inclusive Development International's Coleen Scott and Sarah Singh

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    Copa America or Covid America?

    22 Jun 2021 Marina Novaes, Brazil Researcher & Representative, BHRRC

    Marina Novaes explores the responsibility of company sponsors for Copa America, taking place in a region severely affected by the pandemic

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    The Quiet Radicalism of the Responsibility to Respect

    16 Jun 2021 Francis West, Shift

    Francis West from Shift on the striking progress and untapped potential of the UNGPs ten years later

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    16 June 2021: UN Guiding Principles at 10

    16 Jun 2021 Dante Pesce, Surya Deva, Elżbieta Karska, Githu Muigai, Anita Ramasastry – UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

    The UNWG calls on states and businesses to use the anniversary moment to recommit and set clear implementation goals for the coming years, to increase the pace of implementation on the scale needed to deliver impact toward 2030 and beyond.

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    Presenting the People's Map of Global China: a Call for a Global Network

    15 Jun 2021 Editorial Board, People’s Map of Global China “全球中国众地图”编委会

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    Fighting back against the use of litigation to quash dissent

    15 Jun 2021 Christen Dobson, Senior Programme Manager & Researcher at the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Lady Nancy Zuluaga, Legal Researcher on Human Rights Defenders & Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

    Powerful entities are abusing the legal system to silence human rights defenders and communities who speak out against corporate abuse to protect our rights and shared environment.

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    Towards a social economy: The next generation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

    14 Jun 2021 Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

    The UNGPs should ensure globalisation becomes a positive force for change, writes Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

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    Colombia: The role of business during social protests - challenges & opportunities

    14 Jun 2021 Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders

    Business has a responsibility during times of social upheaval, as the current situation in Colombia highlights. Most obviously they must ensure their practices, policies or products are not being used to legitimise or carry out abuses against those peacefully demanding their rights, writes Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders.

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    Right to self-determination and land rights must be central in struggle for a Just Recovery

    10 Jun 2021 Binota Moy Dhamai, AIPP, Joie Chowdhury, ESCR-Net

    As COVID-19 wreaks devastation across the globe, States are justifying destructive development projects in the name of bolstering their battered economies, write Binota Moy Dhamai, AIPP & Joie Chowdhury, ESCR-Net. Land-related violations in the name of development are a widespread and longstanding practice affecting a wide range of human rights. But if we are serious about delivering a just and equitable transition and recovery, Indigenous Peoples’ right to self-determination must be enforced, alongside strengthened land-related rights and participation rights of land-dependent communities.

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    The UN Guiding Principles at 10: An investor perspective

    9 Jun 2021 Danielle Essink, Human rights specialist in Robeco’s Active Ownership Team & Advisory Council member of the Investor Alliance for Human Rights

    Danielle Essink from Robeco on how investors can move forward to ensure that the next decade will be focused on global implementation of the Guiding Principles and create better outcomes for people.

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