Legislating human rights due diligence - May 2017
By Anna Triponel and John Sherman
This article discusses the impact that a new French law requiring businesses to properly assess their human rights risks will have on the field of business and human rights more generally.
IBA Business Human Rights Committee sessions - September 2016
By Freya Dinshaw
The International Bar Association Business Human Rights Committee hosted three sessions on business and human rights, focusing on each of the ‘pillars’ of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).
Human rights due diligence: preparing for a legal obligation - September 2016
By Freya Dinshaw
The International Bar Association Business Human Rights (CSR) Committee’s panel discussion on ‘Human rights due diligence: preparing for a legal obligation’ took place on the afternoon of Thursday 22 September 2016. Alan Hanson started the conversation by highlighting two case studies that demonstrate the devastating consequences of labour-related human rights violations perpetrated by business.
The UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework: a pioneering human rights risk management tool for companies, corporate boards
By John F. Sherman III. The UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework: A Pioneering Human Rights Risk Management Tool for Companies, Corporate Boards and Their Legal Counsel.
A landmark year for CSR and Business and Human Rights - Business Human Rights Law Committee newsletter, July 2015
A Landmark Year for CSR and Business and Human Rights - Business Human Rights Law Committee newsletter, July 2015.
Update on the EU’s Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy - CSR Law Committee newsletter article, June 2015
The European Commission (the 'commission') has completed the last stage of a consultation process that will lead to a new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy for 2015–2020. Specifically, on 3 and 4 February 2015, the Commission convened a multi-stakeholder forum to review the feedback it had received on its 2011 – 2014 CSR strategy and discuss priorities for its new strategy.
Lawyers, CSR and the ‘debilitating context’ - CSR Law Committee newsletter article, June 2015
The author of this article recently had the opportunity to provide a workshop to students at the University of Cambridge as part of my work as a lawyer in Business and Human Rights. Here were some of the youngest and brightest, courted by top law firms and chambers, to whom I had the privilege of imparting more my ‘felt experience’ than knowledge in this area of law.
Green skeletons: corporate social responsibility advances - CSR Law Committee newsletter article, June 2015
The term ‘corporate governance’, and possibly the term ‘corporate social responsibility’, is bandied about in commercial circles with an air of confidence that is most beguiling. This artcile considers the King III report of 2009, that sets out the obligations of corporate citizens in respect of the environment and how those actions should be reported and dealt with by the persons responsible for directing and governing corporations.
The EU’s Business: Recommended actions - CSR Law Committee newsletter article, June 2015
This article considers the three major categories of existing barriers to justice in respect of both transnational and domestic cases that involve human rights violations, as well as in different contexts, such as cases that address consumer, environmental or labour issues.
Canadian Government releases updated Corporate Social Responsibility strategy - CSR Law Committee newsletter article, June 2015
On 14 November 2014, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast, announced the government’s updated corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy: Doing Business the Canadian Way: Advancing Corporate Social Responsibility in Canada’s Extractive Sector Abroad. This article looks at the key developments.
Guidelines for social responsibility in Chinese outbound mining investment - CSR Law Committee newsletter article, June 2015
In October 2014, the China Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals and Chemicals Importers and Exporters released voluntary guidelines for Chinese companies engaged in outbound mining investment, entitled the Guidelines for Social Responsibility in Chinese Outbound Mining Investment. At the same time, CCCMC and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development entered into a memorandum of understanding aimed at 'promoting the implementation by Chinese companies of responsible business conduct.
UN Working Group established to create binding treaty - CSR Law Committee newsletter article, June 2015
In June 2014, the UN passed resolutions that provided for the establishment of a working group to develop an international legally binding human rights instrument for transnational corporations, as well as commissioning a report on the pros and cons of this approach. These resolutions are the most significant international developments in business and human rights responsibilities since the UN adopted its Guiding Principles in 2011.
Declaring war on pollution: China's new Environmental Protection Law - CSR Law Committee newsletter article, June 2015
In March 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang declared 'war on pollution'. As part of this 'war on pollution', China passed a new Environmental Protection Law (EPL) on 24 April 2014 and this came into effect on 1 January 2015. The new regime is a dramatic overhaul of the environmental protection regime introduced in 1989. The EPL introduces greater penalties, transparency, public scrutiny and concrete obligations for polluters and regulators.