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1 December 2012

[PDF] Developing Corporate Human Rights Policies and the Role of Legal Counsel

Author: Cheryl Joseph, Stanford Law School, and Julia Cherlow, Stanford Law School for UN Global Compact Human Rights Working Group

This Good Practice Note aims: (1) to illustrate how transnational corporations’ (TNCs) inhouse corporate counsel are perfectly situated to propel their corporations to adopt practices that ensure respect for human rights; and (2) to encourage this...

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1 December 2012

[PDF] Financing Human Rights Abuse: The Role of Public and Private Financial Institutions

Author: BankTrack, ECA Watch, Center for Intl. Environmental Law

A complex range of public and private institutions provide financing for both corporate and state activity that is associated with human rights abuse. These financial institutions present an opportunity for the widespread dissemination and...

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19 November 2012

[PDF] United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, December 2012

Author: Australian Lawyers for Human Rights

We set out below some comments of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) which we hope the Australian Government will find helpful in its preparation for the Forum on Busrness and Human Rights (the Forum) to be held in Geneva on 4-5 December 2012.

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31 October 2012

The Development of Socially Responsible Investment in China

Author: Poland Li, CSR Asia

In China, SRI [socially responsible investment] is still in an embryonic stage, but with the rapid development of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and the positive experience of overseas markets, SRI is gradually increasing in China too. Time...

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18 October 2012

[PDF] The Business and Human Rights Review - Autumn 2012 - Issue 1

Author: Allen & Overy

The Business and Human Rights Review, published by Allen & Overy LLP’s Human Rights Working Group, seeks to...[provide] a forum for debate between business, academia, private practice lawyers, NGOs and international bodies. The inaugural issue...

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26 September 2012

Banking on sustainability: is the financial sector doing enough?

Author: Roger Cowe, Guardian [UK]

[T]he financial sector [is] still facing the challenge of how to contribute meaningfully to sustainable development instead of returning to (unsustainable) business as usual when the crisis is...behind us...But there are some positive developments....

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21 August 2012

Business Measuring Up on Human Rights [Australia]

Author: WME Environment Business Magazine [Australia]

The unanimous endorsement of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights framework by the United Nations...supported by the federal government, was a game changer...As Australian Human Rights Commissioner Catherine Branson QC said: “Australian...

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13 August 2012

Press release: Draft of updated Equator Principles (EP III) released for stakeholder consultation and public comment

Author: Equator Principles

The Equator Principles (EP) Association today releases the draft of the updated Equator Principles (EP III) for stakeholder consultation and public comment. The EP is a risk framework for identifying, assessing, and managing environmental and social...

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10 August 2012

[PDF] Report of the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises [to UN General Assembly]

Author: UN Working Group on business & human rights

The present report provides an analysis of strategic developments in the field of business and human rights since the submission of the report to the Human Rights Council and further outlines projects that the Working Group will develop...This report...

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3 August 2012

[DOC] Best Practice Mining in Colombia

Author: Robert Goodland, for Ikv Pax Christi

…If the principles of conservation of natural and social capital, reducing risk, deepening democracy, and exercising caution are to be given priority, now might not be the best time to encourage investment in the mining sector. Further work needs to...

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