Americas


Americas: General

[DOC] Regional seminar of the Americas on business and human rights: Declaration and Action Plan, Red de Instituciones Nacionales para la Promoción y Protección de los Derechos Humanos del Continente Americano (Network of National Human Rights Institutions in the Americas), 9-10 Nov 2011
[with discussion of corporate responsibility & environmental rights; corporate responsibility & economic, social and cultural rights]


Argentina

“Parties reach agreement in OECD Guidelines case regarding Nidera’s human rights policies and practices in Argentina”, CEDHA, 5 Mar 2012
“As part of the agreement, Nidera strengthened its human rights policy, formalised human rights due diligence procedures for temporary rural workers...” [UN Guiding Principles were referred to during mediation]


Brazil

“Business and Human Rights from the Decent Work Perspective – Landmark”, Ethos Institute – Business and Social Responsibility, Nov 2011


Canada

Submission by Canadian Human Rights Commission to UN Working Group on business & human rights, Canadian Human Rights Commission, Dec 2011
- refers to “Human Rights Maturity Model” for implementation of human rights by companies & other organizations

“Office of the Extractive Sector Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Counsellor 2011 Annual Report to Parliament, October 2010 – October 2011”, Nov 2011
“The [UN] Framework and Guiding Principles will likely have significant implications for Canadian extractive sector companies operating overseas.”

Colombia

Coca-Cola publishes human rights due diligence reports on sugar supply chain in Colombia & Guatemala - includes commentary by Oxfam


Mexico

Statement presenting project for voluntary corporate implementation of UN Guiding Principles in Nuevo Leon, Human Rights Commission of the State of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, 3 Dec 2012


Peru

“Why human rights matter: a resource guide for integrating human rights into Communities and Social Performance work at Rio Tinto”, Rio Tinto in partnership with Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland, Jan 2013
[see case study 3]


USA

"US: Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina implements new child labour policy", Human Rights Watch, Oct 2014

"Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Human Rights", Mark Nordstrom, GE Citizenship, 12 Feb 2013

"Commemorating UN Human Rights Day", Cisco Systems, 10 Dec 2012

“How Microsoft Did It: Implementing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”, Dan Bross, Microsoft Corporate Citizenship, 4 Dec 2012

“United States: US Securities And Exchange Commission Adopts Final Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule”, Laura Richman, Mayer Brown law firm, in Mondaq Business Briefing, 7 Sep 2012

“Roundtable Discussion With Investors on UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”, U.S. Department of State, 23 Oct 2012 "New Guardian film showcases ongoing abuse of civilians in eastern Congo's mines", Global Witness in Guardian (UK), 16 Sep 2011
[Global Witness calls for US regulations on “conflict minerals” to reflect UN Guiding Principles]

“Ford drives human rights reporting”, Global Reporting Initiative, 6 Sep 2011

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Myanmar (formerly Burma) and Human Rights

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In the context of an OECD Guidelines case, the NGOs CEDHA, INCASUR, Oxfam Novib and SOMO have reached an agreement with the Netherlands-based agricultural MNE Nidera regarding the company’s human rights policies and practices. As part of the agreement...

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Submission by the Canadian Human Rights Commission to the United Nations Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises

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[PDF] Office of the Extractive Sector Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Counsellor 2011 Annual Report to Parliament, October 2010 – October 2011

Author: Office of the Extractive Sector, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Counsellor [Canada]

This report summarizes the second year of the existence of the Office of the Extractive Sector Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Counsellor. The Government of Canada’s CSR Strategy for the International Extractive Sector seeks to improve the...

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