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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 March 2009

[PDF] "International Seminar Business and Human Rights: Global Challenges of our Time" - Summary report

Author: Intl. Seminar on Business & Human Rights

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25 February 2009

[PDF] Presentation to the United Kingdom Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights

Author: Christopher Avery, Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[This brief overview of some international developments in the field of business & human rights was presented to the UK Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights at their mini-conference on business and human rights, the purpose of which was “to...

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17 December 2008

[DOC] Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights response re Business & Community Foundation statement

Author: Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights (BLIHR)

The purpose of the 60th Anniversary in Paris was to mark the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the challenges and opportunities which face us in the field of business and human rights…We…believe that no business…should be...

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5 December 2008

New Guide: Human Rights Translated

Author: UN Global Compact

..."Human Rights Translated: A Business Reference Guide" ... explains human rights concepts in the language of business through the use of examples and suggested practical actions. The publication...is a joint product of the Castan Centre for Human...

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5 December 2008

New practical human rights guide for business by UN Global Compact, IBLF, Castan Centre, OHCHR

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5 December 2008

[PDF] Human Rights Translated: A Business Reference Guide

Author: OHCHR, IBLF, UN Global Compact & Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Faculty of Law, Monash University [Australia]

Readers are guided through each of the rights contained in the UN treaties...and given a description of what each right means in general terms and how it may be relevant to a company’s activities...To bring reality to the report, each description of a...

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3 December 2008

[DOC] Human Rights Violators as Preachers? International Seminar on Business and Human Rights, 3-5 December 2008, Paris

Author: Amita Joseph & Nidhi Sharma, Business & Community Foundation, India

The 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights celebration will have a seminar this December exploring the framework by the UN in relation to Business & its Responsibility to Respect Human rights. The list of confirmed speakers...

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1 December 2008

[PDF] Human rights Corporate Accountability Guide: from law to norms to values

Author: John F. Sherman, III and Chip Pitts

…Ensuring a robust corporate culture that supports and respects human rights is critical to preventing business-related human rights abuses. To achieve this culture, a company should take an integrated approach. First, the company must understand what...

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18 June 2008

[PDF] Background Note on the State Duty to Protect

Author: UN Special Representative John Ruggie

[prepared for Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights: “Session on Partnerships between Business and Government”] ...[The] State duty to protect lies at the core of the international human rights regime... [Most] governments take a narrow approach...

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1 May 2008

[PDF] Initial statement by the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights (BLIHR) in response to the 2008 report of the UN Special Representative on Business & Human Rights

Author: Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights

In particular, we welcome the recognition of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights. It requires the performance of due diligence, which is not just a passive or reactive process. The responsibility to respect and its due diligence...

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