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28 January 2014

[PDF] A UN Business and Human Rights Treaty? An Issues Brief by John G. Ruggie

Author: John Ruggie, Harvard Univ., former UN Special Representative on business & human rights

At the September 2013 session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the delegation of Ecuador delivered a statement stressing “the necessity of moving forward toward a legally binding framework to regulate the work of transnational corporations....

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23 January 2014

ANZ ethics under scrutiny over Cambodian sugar plantation loan

Author: Richard Baker & Nick McKenzie, Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)

...ANZ is financing a Cambodian sugar plantation that has involved child labour, military-backed land grabs, forced evictions and food shortages. ANZ's support of the Phnom Penh Sugar Company's plantation is disclosed in confidential audits that...

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23 December 2013

Australia: Protect, respect and remedy – Human rights and the Mining Industry

Author: Louisa Soper & Mark Keeling, DLA Piper Australia

The need to consider the impact of business operations and relationships on human rights is a growing feature of the corporate landscape...Operational, social, economic, geographical and political factors inherent to the mining industry mean players...

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2 December 2013

Response from Sarawak Energy

Author: Haniza A. Hamid, Sarawak Energy

…[T]here is no ‘blockade’ at the Murum HEP [Hydroelectric Project]...[A]ll 353 families affected...have been relocated to the new resettlement villages…The RAP [Resettlement Action Plan] provides the affected community a level of compensation in terms...

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25 November 2013

Malaysian Embassies receive calls for good faith negotiations with Penan people displaced by Murum Dam

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10 September 2013

Managing Social and Environmental Risk for Financial Success: A BSR-UNEP FI Seminar [Beijing, 11 Nov]

Author: Business for Social Responsibility

In the past few years, public, media, and government scrutiny has put sustainability firmly in the spotlight in China and across the world. Banks and companies that do not address social and environmental risk in investment criteria and project...

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1 September 2013

[PDF] Access to Remedy

Author: Global Rights

Learning module for civil society organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa on access to remedy for business-related human rights abuses: the broader system, and business-centered mechanisms. [Refers to Freeport-McMoran]

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16 August 2013

Banking on human rights protection for major infrastructure projects

Author: Jennifer Kho, Guardian Sustainable Business

The launch of the third version of the Equator Principles calls on banks to consider human rights risks, Citi's Shawn Miller [managing director of environmental and social risk management] tells Jennifer Kho what this means for project developers.....

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11 July 2013
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Author: Judith Schönsteiner, Centro de Derechos Humanos, Universidad Diego Portales (Chile)

El estudio [próximamente en español] “Desafíos para Inversionistas Chilenos. Los Efectos de las Directrices de la OCDE para Empresas Multinacionales. Una visión práctica”…por…Judith Schönsteiner…discute las ventajas y los desafíos de la mediación como...

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6 June 2013

Why IOCs are paying attention to soft law on human rights

Author: Stephanie Lomax, Herbert Smith Freehills

Soft law…can provide…guidance on how to incorporate human rights practices into business models...[N]ational contracting agencies may increasingly take into account human rights factors when assessing bids…Furthermore, some states already seek to...

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