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Financial institutions should use their leverage to promote human rights
Financial institutions should use their leverage to promote human rights
The distance between financial institutions and the human rights impact of the projects they finance may be far in terms of direct contact, but this distance is not insurmountable. This was the opinion of the panel on the role of financial institutions in promoting human rights at the UN Business and Human Rights Forum.
28 November 2016
Mega-sporting events must not undermine human rights
Mega-sporting events must not undermine human rights
The need to avoid adverse human rights impacts of mega sporting was the focus of a panel discussion during the fourth UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva.
26 November 2015
Making human rights fashionable
Making human rights fashionable
How do you make human rights fashionable? For one South African fashion designer, you do it by having a real stake in the production chain process, from the designers all the way to the weavers of the cloth.
19 November 2015
Making progress on business and human rights
Making progress on business and human rights
Preventing and addressing business-related human abuse is the focus of the UN Business and Human Rights Forum, a three-day conference that brings together over 2,000 representatives from all sides of the issue.
13 November 2015
Business and Human Rights: Protect rights and provide remedy
Business and Human Rights: Protect rights and provide remedy
The forum heard that the responsibility to respect human rights and put in place effective remedies, where violations occur, lies primarily with governments but also with business enterprises.
5 December 2014
Towards a new development agenda fully grounded in human rights
Towards a new development agenda fully grounded in human rights
People from all over the world are demanding that human rights principles be a central part of the new development agenda: the challenge of how to effectively integrate human rights is a debate among the international community.
14 January 2014
Making human rights in business a priority
Making human rights in business a priority
More than 1,000 participants from over 100 countries across the world representing civil society organizations, affected persons and communities, governments and corporations in manufacturing, information and communication technology, mining, oil and energy, agribusiness, banking and finance recently met at the United Nations second annual Forum on Business and Human Rights to address the impacts of business on human rights.
17 December 2013
A UN declaration to promote the rights of people working in rural areas
A UN declaration to promote the rights of people working in rural areas
A working group representing governments from all regions begins consideration of a draft UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other rural poor.
27 August 2013
In the search for justice, the whole truth must be told
In the search for justice, the whole truth must be told
The UN Human Rights Office in Tunisia urges those working to establish a democracy in the country to deal with past corruption and economic crimes.
10 July 2013
Eliminating human trafficking from the global business landscape
Eliminating human trafficking from the global business landscape
Private sector businesses should take appropriate measures to prevent any risks of trafficking in their supply chains.
29 January 2013
Making human rights a priority for business
Making human rights a priority for business
The United Nations inaugural Forum on Business and Human Rights brought 1,000 State, business and civil society participants together to address business impacts on human rights.
19 December 2012
Getting down to business
Getting down to business
The UN Working Group on business and human rights, meeting for the first time, considers a strategy to promote and ensure implementation of the new global standard to prevent and address human rights abuses linked to business practices.
9 February 2012
Human rights in the trade arena
Human rights in the trade arena
Taking a stand: The importance of incorporating human rights issues into international trade rules.
25 October 2011
Making businesses respect human rights
Making businesses respect human rights
A set of Guiding Principles, unanimously endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council, will help business companies respect human rights.
27 June 2011
In globalization era human rights are everyone’s business
In globalization era human rights are everyone’s business
The 10th biennial International Conference of National Human Rights Institutions opens in Edinburgh, Scotland, with a focus on business and human rights
8 October 2010
Human Rights and Trade
Human Rights and Trade
UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay calls for the international trade regime to incorporate all human rights.
28 September 2010
Principled pragmatism – the way forward for business and human rights
Principled pragmatism – the way forward for business and human rights
The Secretary-General’s Special Representative on business, John Ruggie updates the Human Rights Council on the human rights framework for business.
7 June 2010