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Leading experts from diverse regions have contributed brief blogs and commentaries on corporate legal accountability.  They address why this issue is important to human rights, progress made, challenges and opportunities.


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30 September 2019

The Lengthy Journey towards a Treaty on Business & Human Rights

Author: Maysa Zarob, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Half a decade has passed since in July 2014 the UN Human Rights Council first voted to begin negotiating a legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business...

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25 June 2019

Are shareholders the new champions of climate justice?

Author: Maysa Zorob & Antonella Angelini, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

For several decades, individuals and communities affected by climate change – as well as the lawyers, advocates and civil society organizations who represent them – have been using litigation as a strategic tool to hold corporations accountable for...

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25 June 2019

Critical shareholding as a tool to hold Italian corporations accountable

Author: Alessandro Runci, Re:Common

Nobody wants their party to be ruined, and corporations are no exception to this. Annual Shareholders Meetings (AGMs) are for them an opportunity to showcase their financial and economic performances and portray their integrity and sustainability....

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25 June 2019

Investors need to hold all sectors to account on climate change – not just the fossil fuel industry 

Author: Sonia Hierzig, Senior Projects Manager, Climate Change, ShareAction

Investor engagement with the fossil fuel industry on climate change has become increasingly mainstream. At the BP Annual General Meeting this year 99% of shareholders supported a resolution requiring the company to be more transparent about its...

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25 June 2019

Shareholder litigation as the next frontier in shareholder climate action

Author: Peter Barnett, Litigation Lawyer, Climate Programme, ClientEarth

Shareholder litigation is emerging as the next frontier in shareholder climate action, as investors respond to the scale and urgency of the threats posed by climate change. Climate change threatens devastating environmental and human impacts. It also...

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20 June 2019

New blog: Business, Human Rights & the Limits of Law

Author: Yousuf Aftab, Enodo Rights

"Business, Human Rights & the Limits of Law", 20 Jun 2019...

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12 April 2019

Zambian farmers can take Vedanta to court over water pollution. What are the legal implications?

Author: Gabrielle Holly, Omnia Strategy LLP

Gabrielle Holly at Omnia Strategy LLP analyses the UK Supreme Court's landmark decision....

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3 March 2019

Australia: Tackling modern slavery now a matter of legal compliance

Author: Amy Sinclair, Law Society of NSW Journal

March 2019...

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12 February 2019

A supply chain of complicity: Labour exploitation in Qatar and migrant workers' access to justice

Author: Linde Bryk, Legal Advisor, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights

…Forced labour is a global phenomenon that often goes hand in hand with transnational business activities and long labour supply chains. Forced labour risks are particularly high in sectors that rely on outsourcing their operations, such as the...

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13 December 2018

Blog: New business and human rights treaty takes shape

Author: Maysa Zorob, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, on Open Global Rights

In July 2018, the UN’s open-ended intergovernmental working group on business and human rights (IGWG) released the first, official draft of the proposed treaty on business and human rights…discussed for the first time…in October 2018…While the draft is...

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