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10 August 2011

Big victories for indigenous peoples and transparency advocates

Author: Emily Greenspan, extractive industries policy and advocacy advisor, Oxfam America

This week the International Finance Corporation (IFC)–the private sector lending arm of the World Bank Group–released its new and, in some ways, improved policies designed to protect the environment and communities. The IFC has been criticized for...

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6 August 2011

[PDF] New Lex Mercatoria and conflict resolution in human rights conflicts - transcript of speech delivered at International Law Students Association 2011 International Conference

Author: Claes Cronstedt, Gaemo Group

There are four questions I wish to share with you. (1) Does New Lex Mercatoria break the present national legal structures and does it encompass human rights? (2) Is litigation a second rate choice to solve conflicts relating to human rights? (3) Are...

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18 July 2011

The Equator Principles Association Announces the Commencement of the EP III Update Process

Author: Equator Principles Association

Following the conclusion of the IFC Performance Standards Update and Review process, the Equator Principles (EP) Strategic Review process and public release of the Executive Summary and Appendix of the EP Strategic Review consultant report and...

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1 July 2011

Investing for sustainable development? A review of investment principles – trends and impacts

Author: Just Economics

Focusing on four major sets of investment principles – the UN Principles for Responsible Investment...the Equator Principles, the Environmental and Social Principles of the European Investment Bank...and the OECD Declaration on International Investment...

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1 July 2011

[PDF] One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Credit Suisse, UBS and Human Rights

Author: Andreas Missbach, Fabian Jucker, Berne Declaration

Based on the work of John Ruggie, UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, and an analysis of financing in high-risk areas, we examined the dealings of both major Swiss banks regarding this important subject. We came to the...

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30 June 2011

[PDF] Minding the Gap: Global Finance and Human Rights

Author: Mary Dowell-Jones and David Kinley, Ethics and International Affairs

[The particular dimension of interactions between finance and human rights has, by and large, been a blank space. In this article the authors…seek to bridge the gap in understanding, perspective and practice between the two fields by investigating...

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30 June 2011

[PDF] The U.N. “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework: Applications of the Framework

Author: UN Special Representative on business & human rights John Ruggie

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for business and human rights has identified instances of applications of the U.N. “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework, in whole or in part, as a resource for those looking for...

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30 May 2011

[PDF] Presentation of Report to United Nations Human Rights Council

Author: Professor John G. Ruggie, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Business and Human Rights

In this, my final presentation as Special Representative, I am pleased to report that multilateralism works. Human Rights Council Special Procedures can make a significant difference even where discord and contention once prevailed. My mandate on...

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1 May 2011
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1 April 2011

[PDF] Governing Mining in Africa: African Perspectives, State Initiatives and International Standards

Author: Bas Bijlsma, Niza/ActionAid, as part of project of International Alliance on Natural Resources in Africa

The experience of the past shows that Africa has not successfully managed to translate its vast resource endowments into State revenue and eventually sustainable development. In this context, this report seeks to contribute to the debate by briefly...

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