New report by Irish Centre for Human Rights calls on Irish Govt. to provide guidance to businesses on human rights due diligence requirements

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16 October 2014

Commentary: Recommendations for Ireland ahead of NGO Forum on business & human rights

Author: Shane Darcy (Irish Centre for Human Rights), Business & Human Rights in Ireland blog

"Law and policy recommendations on business and human rights in Ireland", 14 Oct 2014

In April 2012, the Irish Centre for Human Rights produced a report titled "Business and Human Rights Ireland: Context, International Standards and Recommendations". In advance of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade NGO Forum on Human Rights, with its focus this year on business and human rights, it is worth highlighting the recommendations made in that report, given that most, if not all, remain of relevance...

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15 May 2012

[DOC] Shell E&P Ireland Limited response re Corrib gas dispute

Author: Shell E&P Ireland Limited

Shell E&P Ireland Limited (SEPIL) notes the publication of the Irish Human Rights Centre report entitled Business and Human Rights in Ireland…On the subject of security management, SEPIL’s operations are conducted in compliance with Irish legal requirements…In addition, SEPIL also conforms to the Shell Group’s internal standards, which include the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR). The VPSHR are incorporated into SEPIL’s contracts with its private security provider and implementation is subject to a systematic training, compliance and assurance process…SEPIL and our contractors have complied with the law at all times in respect of human rights. Regrettably, a small minority of protesters, many from outside the local area, have repeatedly and deliberately engaged in activities that break the law and threaten the safety of our employees, contractors and third parties. As a result of these behaviours, appropriate levels of security continues to be required in order to ensure a safe working environment and an ability to carry out our lawful work.

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1 May 2012

Government Must Ensure Businesses Respect Human Rights [Ireland]

Author: Marketing and Communications Office, NUI Galway [Ireland]

A new report calls on the Government to ensure that companies respect human rights and to provide guidance to businesses on the requirements of human rights due diligence, including when operating overseas. Such due diligence should be a mandatory requirement underpinned by legislation, according to the report’s authors at the Irish Centre for Human Rights in NUI Galway. ‘Business and Human Rights in Ireland’ aims to contribute to policy, practice and law on business and human rights in Ireland. [refers to Apple, Shell, Statoil, Penneys/Primark (part of Associated British Foods), Gama Construction Ireland Ltd (part of Gama Turkey)] [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Shell & Integrated Risk Management Services to respond to the report. Shell responded & Integrated Risk Management Services said it had no comment to make]

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1 April 2012

[PDF] Business and Human Rights in Ireland: Context, International Standards and Recommendations

Author: Irish Centre for Human Rights

The report addresses business and human rights in Ireland in light of Ireland’s existing international human rights obligations and the emerging standards relating specifically to business and human rights. The structure of the report reflects the three pillars of the UN Framework: The State duty to protect human rights…The Corporate responsibility to respect human rights…The need for effective remedies.
Illustrative examples of business negatively impacting on human rights provide a context for the report. Prominent examples mentioned in the report…include the Corrib gas dispute involving Shell…[and Integrated Risk Management Service] [The report also makes key recommendations] primarily to the Government of Ireland...[also refers to Statoil, Penneys/Primark (part of Associated British Foods), Gama Construction Ireland Ltd (part of Gama Turkey), Balcombe Investments, Cellusys, AdaptiveMobile, CRH, Mashav, Nesher Israel Cement Enterprises, Google, Facebook, Foxconn (part of Hon Hai)]

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