[DOC] Global Business and Human Rights: The Road Ahead

Author: Nolu Crockett-Ntonga, Published on: 1 August 2011

A panel discussion…organized by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) examined ways that could result in more such positive outcomes in development, at the intersection of global business and human rights…Dr. David W. Yang, Director USAID Office of Democracy and Governance. [said] “The recent UN Human Rights Council endorsement of the "Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights"…illuminates the importance of an integrated approach to business and human rights in development, and the relationship to economic growth and poverty reduction…Chris Avery…Director…Business and Human Rights Resource Centre…[said] “There are several emerging trends…More NGOs are examining private sector conduct and they are taking steps to prevent the ‘oil sector curse’ in Africa”. Among the positive outcomes Avery cites is that many companies are now adopting human rights policy statements and seeking NGO partners. Avery is quick to point out that serious problems remain with some companies talking the talk but supporting business organizations that actively lobby against measures to support human rights. [refers to Gap]

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