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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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    Achieving a sustainable society through respect for human rights in the supply chain

    6 Oct 2023 Professor Emi Sugawara, Osaka University of Economics and Law

    To create a sustainable society, respect for human rights throughout the supply chain is essential. Professor Emi Sugawara, from the Osaka University of Economics and Law, discusses in this latest blog.

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    Conflict and exodus in Nagorno-Karabakh: bp’s urgent responsibilities

    4 Oct 2023 Nora Mardirossian, senior legal researcher at Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (writing in a personal capacity), Phil Bloomer, Executive Director, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

    As Azerbaijan prosecutes direct ethnic cleansing of Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh, questions have been raised about the role of foreign business partners in the region – particularly bp, Azerbaijan’s largest foreign investor.

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    The elephant in the room: reflections on the updated draft of the legally binding treaty

    29 Sep 2023 Andressa Soares, Homa - Human Rights and Business Institute

    Andressa Soares, Director of Homa - Human Rights and Business Institute, explores the current mismatch between calls from the international community, backed up by affected communities, for a strong treaty - against the updated draft text which appears to be losing crucial elements.

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    Negotiating the scope of human rights due diligence in the UN binding treaty & the EU CSDDD

    29 Sep 2023 Jasmine Elliott & Irene Pietropaoli, British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)

    As trilogue negotiations for the proposed EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive continue and an updated draft of the UN legally binding instrument on business and human rights was recently published in advance of the 9th working group session in October, there is an opportunity to influence both debates and negotiations to maximise impact, argue Jasmine Elliott & Irene Pietropaoli from the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL).

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    Losing way? Concerns ahead of the 9th round of negotiations on the Binding Treaty

    22 Sep 2023 Viviana Tacha, Centro Sociojurídico para la Defensa Territorial SIEMBRA

    Viviana Tacha of SIEMBRA outlines her concern the latest updated draft Binding Treaty on business and human rights ignores many valuable considerations from states, civil society organisations and communities affected by the activities of transnational corporations, diminishing the strength of the political process and undermining the effectiveness of the legal instrument being drafted and negotiated.

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    A Binding Treaty to tackle corporate impunity or an empty instrument?

    15 Sep 2023 Raffaele Morgantini, CETIM

    Since the 1970s, social movements and communities affected by the activities of transnational corporations (TNCs) have been calling for the development of international legally binding norms capable of tackling the crimes and the impunity of TNCs, to guarantee access to justice and remedy for those affected. Raffaele Morgantini of CETIM argues why we must not lose sight of these goals.

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    Reflections on the Binding Treaty process: War economies & voices from the Global South

    15 Sep 2023 Dr Shahd Hammouri & Wesam Ahmad, Al-Haq Center for Applied International Law

    In a world grappling with over a hundred active armed conflicts, comprehending the interplay between transnational corporations and war economies becomes pivotal, argues Al-Haq. Dr Shahd Hammouri & Wesam Ahmad outline their concerns the existing Binding Treaty draft inadequately acknowledges this, and that acknowledging these intricate interconnections is indispensable for fostering a more equitable and just world.

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    Learning from success in renewable energy: Indigenous leadership & shared prosperity

    13 Sep 2023 Joan Carling, Executive Director, Indigenous People’s Rights International; and Phil Bloomer, Executive Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

    The transition to clean energy is now a global emergency. As we hurtle towards a tipping point, Indigenous and marginalised communities around the world are facing the brunt of the catastrophe, having contributed the least to the crisis. With a move to clean energy sources essential to correct our current course, Joan Carling of IPRI and Phil Bloomer, BHRRC, underscore the golden opportunity we have to deliver true, shared prosperity, with good jobs, resilient livelihoods, healthier environments, and thriving communities.

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    Enabling a just energy transition: The crucial role of corporate accountability in the EU Critical Raw Materials Act

    12 Sep 2023 Olga Martin-Ortega and Caroline Avan, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Johanna Sydow, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Alejandro Gonzalez and Joseph Wilde-Ramsing, SOMO

    The European Parliament is preparing to vote on the Critical Raw Materials Act (CRMA) this week, providing a golden opportunity to embed key principles which will promote a true just energy transition.

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    Will the new wave of trade and sustainability initiatives succeed in protecting rights?

    7 Sep 2023 Professor James Harrison, University of Warwick

    Professor James Harrison analyses the wave of initiatives intended to make international trade deliver for people and planet.

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