USA, 22 Apr-1 May 2013
The UN Working Group on business & human rights conducted a country visit to the USA, 22 Apr-1 May 2013.
- press release prior to visit: "UN expert group on business and human rights to visit USA" [PDF], Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, 17 Apr 2013
- "Statement at the end of visit to the United States UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights", 1 May 2013
- statement following visit: "Despite progress significant challenges to address adverse business impacts on human rights", 2 May 2013
The civil society consultation for this visit was hosted by Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable, on 23 April at Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC - written submissions were invited by 12 April.
- Video of the consultation. Interventions by (in order) Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable, Free the Slaves, Global Witness, Publish What You Pay-USA, Conflict Risk Network, Intl. Indian Treaty Council, Calvert Investments, Institute for Multi-Stakeholder Initiative Integrity (MSI Integrity), EarthRights Intl., Prof. Anita Ramasastry, Ranking Digital Rights, Oxfam America, Initiative for Human Rights in Business at American Univ. Washington College of Law, Fair Food Program, First Peoples Worldwide, ECPAT-USA, American Bar Assoc. Section of Intl. Law, National Economic & Social Rights Initiative.
- Topics included US Government requirements re company impacts inside & outside USA, core labour standards, forced labour, conflict minerals, revenue transparency, Burma reporting requirements, legal accountability in USA, non-judicial grievance mechanisms, online privacy & freedom of expression, human rights in food & agriculture sector, financial derivatives & hunger, forced labour in agriculture, impacts on indigenous peoples and free prior & informed consent, child trafficking through travel & tourism industry.
- Announcement details here
- see also the compendium of submissions by civil society below, under "Submissions to Working Group"
BSR and UN Global Compact hosted a consultation for business during this visit, in New York on 29 April.
- Announcement: "BSR, UN Global Compact Roundtable on Business and Human Rights, April 29 in New York", BSR, 17 Apr 2013
Further information from this consultation will be posted here when it becomes available.
"UN Working Group, Navajo Nation Collaborate on Human Rights Issues", Anne Minard, Indian Country Today Media Network (USA), 3 Jun 2013
"UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights 'Impressed' With Fair Food Program", Greg Asbed, Co-founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, in Huffington Post Blog
"UN Finds 'Little Appreciation' for Human Rights Among US Businesses", Carey L. Biron, Inter Press Service, 5 May 2013
"UN working human rights group visits WV", Glynis Board, West Virginia Public Broadcasting (USA), 1 May 2013
- "United Nations Working Group Concludes U.S. Visit Exploring Human Rights Cost of Mountaintop Removal Mining", Earthjustice, 1 May 2013
"Taking stock of business and human rights in the United States: Reflections on visit of UN Working Group to the US", Amy Lehr, Foley Hoag / Legal Research Fellow with Institute for Human Rights and Business, 30 Apr 2013
"Delegates from U.N. visit Coalition of Immokalee Workers", Amy Bennett Williams, news-press.com (USA), 26 Apr 2013
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
- US companies invited to respond to civil society concerns: Responses & non-responses [PDF]
- cover note for submission [DOC]
- Positive initiatives by US companies that address issues related to human rights [PDF]
- cover note for submission [DOC]
- First Peoples Worldwide
- Human Rights Advocates
- Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable
- Intl. Indian Treaties Council
- Investors Against Genocide
- NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons
- World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) & Intl. Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
Related stories and components
Author: Greg Asbed, Co-founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, in Huffington Post Blog
"The [UN] Working Group [on business & human rights] was impressed by how...governance gaps relating to labour issues were addressed by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers"...The UN statement comes as the latest in a series of strong, high-level...
Author: Carey L. Biron, Inter Press Service
A United Nations expert group is warning that too many gaps remain in implementing new safeguards among businesses based in the United States, both in terms of their domestic and international operations, to ensure the protection of human rights of...
Author: Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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Author: Glynis Board, West Virginia Public Broadcasting (USA)
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United Nations Working Group Concludes U.S. Visit Exploring Human Rights Cost of Mountaintop Removal Mining [USA]
[M]ore than 20 people from across southern West Virginia met with the Working Group delegation to tell their stories about the human rights cost they have encountered as the coal industry brings mountaintop removal into their communities. Among those...
Taking stock of business and human rights in the United States: Reflections on visit of UN Working Group to the US
Author: Amy Lehr, Foley Hoag / Legal Research Fellow with Institute for Human Rights and Business
This week, members of the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations are making an official visit to the United States (US) as part of the Group’s mandate to promote the effective implementation of the UN Guiding...
Author: Amy Bennett Williams, news-press.com [USA]
Two members of a United Nations delegation traveled to Immokalee on Friday to spend time with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. The two-day visit is part of a broader trip to the U.S. to see how U.N guiding principles on human rights and business...
Author: UN Working Group on business & human rights
[The UN Working Group] on business and human rights will undertake an information-gathering visit to the United States from 22 April to 1 May 2013, to look at current initiatives, opportunities and challenges in implementing the UN Guiding Principles*...