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19 March 2020

Civil society is key to environmental litigation holding companies to account

Author: Maysa Zorob & Andrea Hearon, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre & Thomas Istasse, Advocates for International Development

Communities and individuals across the globe whose livelihoods and natural resources are harmed or threatened by business operations are using environmental litigation as a key strategic tool to assert their human rights. The past decade has seen a...

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17 March 2020
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Author: Maysa Zorob y Andrea Hearon (Business & Human Rights Resource Centre) y Thomas Istasse (Advocates for International Development)

"La sociedad civil es fundamental en el litigio ambiental para que las empresas rindan cuentas", 17 de marzo de 2020 ...

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17 December 2019
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Author: Saskia Wilkes, Centre de Ressources sur les Entreprises et les Droits de l'Homme

Ces dernières années, le plaidoyer en faveur d'une législation sur la diligence raisonnable obligatoire en matière de droits de l’homme (HRDD) a connu un nouvel élan......

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17 December 2019

High hopes for mandatory human rights due diligence in 2020

Author: Saskia Wilkes, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

The last years have seen momentum behind mandatory human rights due diligence (HRDD) legislation grow rapidly. At the international level there are ongoing efforts to advance due diligence laws under a proposed legally binding UN treaty on business and...

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11 December 2019

Will Lafarge be held accountable for alleged links to human rights abuses in Syria?

Author: Claire Tixeire, European Center for Constituional Law and Human Rights (ECCHR)

Autumn 2019 marked an important turn in the legal saga over whether French company Lafarge has been complicit in grave human rights violations in Syria.  The Paris Court of Appeal issued its much-awaited decision on whether to uphold or to revoke the...

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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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