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Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights (BLIHR)

BLIHR ceased activities in March 2009.  From the BLIHR website: "In 2003, we set out to find practical ways of implementing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in a business context. These practical ways are now clear to business. Our next challenge is to implement these practices in our own organizations, sectors and value chains around the world. As our work here comes to a close, there are now foundations to build from and windows of opportunity for the global business community to go further. This site is the ‘Legacy Website’ for the six years of work that took place between March 2003 and March 2009." 

Member companies of BLIHR were: ABB, AREVA, Barclays, Coca-Cola, Ericsson, General Electric, Gap, HP, National Grid, Newmont, Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development, Novo Nordisk, StatoilHydro, Zain.

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1 December 2003

[PDF] Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights - Report 1: Building Understanding

Author: Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights

The first report of the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights (BLIHR) signals the beginning of a three-year initiative by a group of international businesses. The aim of the BLIHR programme is to help further integrate human rights in business...

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1 December 2003

[PDF] Novartis publishes landmark corporate guidelines

Author: Pathways, the Novartis Journal

[PDF] Klaus Leisinger, Executive Director of the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development, talked to Pathways about the company's commitment to human rights and the new guideline. [also refers to ABB, Barclays, National Grid Transco, Novo...

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7 May 2003

"The ways a ‘Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights’ might add value" [speech by Mary Robinson at annual meeting of "Respect Table" companies - Belgium]

Author: Mary Robinson, Director of Ethical Globalization Initiative

I would like to take the opportunity, first, to outline briefly the case for why human rights should be at the very center of corporate responsibility and sustainable development efforts.

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19 February 2003

Human Rights and Corporate Accountability

Author: Mary Robinson, Director of the Ethical Globalization Initiative, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

[speech at The Fund for Peace - Human Rights and Business Roundtable]

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