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9 February 2015
A group of legal experts contribute to elaborating a set of binding international norms over business activities and human rights as part of UN action on the issue
Together, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the International Network for Economic, Social & Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) have announced a network of legal experts tasked with setting up a UN working group to formulate propositions for binding norms to tackle human rights violations related to corporate activities.
4 July 2014
International: work on the development of binding international standards for multinational enterprises and human rights to start in 2015
The resolution adopted on June 26 by the UN’s Human Rights Council provides for the introduction of an Intergovernmental Working Group in 2015 to negotiate legally binding instrument on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights. In line with the UN’s Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights of 2011, the idea would be to guarantee access to justice for the victims of human...
4 July 2011
International: the UN adopts guidelines on businesses respecting Human Rights
Guidelines.  Laid down in a report presented to the Human Rights Council last year (see our dispatch No.  100370), these new international standards follow three principles, “Protect, Respect and Remedy.”  The first principle targets the States and their obligation to adopt a legal framework on the protection of Human Rights in business operations, including when the State is an integral part of the business relationship.  The second principle lays down the responsibility of businesses to respect Human...
26 May 2011
OECD: guidelines for multinational enterprises updated
New context.  Started in June 2010 (see our dispatch No.  100374), the negotiations to update the OECD’s guidelines truly started in October.  In April, the representatives from 42 governments (the OECD’s 34 members plus Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Peru and Romania) finally agreed on what changes to make to the recommendations, which were last updated in 2000.  These recommendations are a sort of code of conduct on corporate social responsibility which, even if it isn’t legally...
10 May 2010
OECD: towards an update of guidelines for multinational companies
Global context. After a major consultation, the Member States agreed on a mandate to improve the OECD’s guidelines aimed to promote responsible entrepreneurial behaviors across the world. The document, published on may 4, reminds in the introduction that global economic evolutions, the emergence of countries that aren’t OECD members, the appearance of new stakes such as the environmental issue… this new global context imposes adjusting the rules supervising economic operators’ activities.
5 May 2010
International: UN report prepares the ground for an international strategy on businesses and human rights
“Protect, respect and remedy” is based on three independent principles: the State’s duty to prevent human rights abuses committed by third parties, notably businesses; their responsibility to respect human rights; and the need to make legal proceedings more effective. During his first mandate, from 2001 to 2008, John Ruggie conceptualized the outline of this strategy, took stock of the abuses committed, existing standards and initiatives taken in favor of human rights. When his term was renewed in 2008, the...
19 May 2008
International: trade union guide on GRI guidelines to prepare sustainability reports
During a conference in Amsterdam on May 7 and 8, organized by Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Guy Rider, general secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) presented a trade union guide on the GRI’s directives to prepare sustainability reports. This is the first time a trade union organization has organized an operational document on this theme. (Ref. 080441)