Category Archives: Human Rights Impact Assessments

Dec 11 2015

UN FORUM SERIES – The importance of local partnerships and robust research: Agricultural workers in the Morocco tomato food chain

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This post was contributed by Ines del Real Tovar and Maddalena Neglia, respectively Senior manager partnerships and learning and Business and human rights specialist at Fairfood International.  The implementation of human rights standards in the global supply chain and, particularly, in the … Continue reading

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Dec 9 2015

UN FORUM SERIES – Business and human rights: No progress without protection for defenders

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This post was contributed by Michael Ineichen, Programme Manager and Human Rights Council Advocacy Director at the International Service for Human Rights. The level of protection enjoyed by those defending rights has long been recognised as a vital indicator for the … Continue reading

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Dec 4 2015

UN FORUM SERIES – Measuring progress on human rights, and peace, in conflict affected areas

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This post was contributed by Andrea Iff, Head of Business and Peace, swisspeace.  Conflict-affected and high-risk areas are characterized by specific political, economic and social conditions. An area can be conflict-affected either because of a violent conflict that exists between language, … Continue reading

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Dec 3 2015

UN FORUM SERIES – Follow the Money: Using development finance to hold corporations accountable

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This post was contributed by Gretchen Gordon, Coordinator for the Coalition for Human Rights in Development, and Stephanie Mellini, Research and Advocacy Fellow with the Coalition. Two weeks ago, at the United Nations’ fourth Annual Forum on Business and Human … Continue reading

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Nov 30 2015

UN FORUM SERIES – Rhetoric of corporate responsibility is not enough: Corporations must walk the walk, not just talk the talk

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This post was contributed by Katie Redford, Co-Founder and Director of EarthRights International. Twenty years ago this month, the Nigerian military regime executed the environmental activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa. Ken was a remarkable and charismatic leader of the Ogoni tribe in the … Continue reading

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Nov 24 2015

UN FORUM SERIES – Human rights due diligence is redefining investment opportunities in frontier markets

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This post was contributed by Anna Bulzomi, Senior Associate, Sustainability & Responsible Governance, at PwC.  In 2015, a number of developments in the human rights space have created momentum around the departure of business as usual. Last month saw the official … Continue reading

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Nov 23 2015

UN FORUM SERIES – Time for the UNGPs to Grow Up? Tracking Children’s Rights in National Action Plans on Business & Human Rights

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This post was contributed by Patrick Geary, corporate social responsibility specialist at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Born in 2011, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are now energetically walking and talking. While childhood is never without … Continue reading

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Nov 20 2015

UN FORUM SERIES – Asking the basic questions: Are voluntary standard-setting initiatives protecting human rights?

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This post was contributed by Amelia Evans, Co-Founder of MSI Integrity, and Stephen Winstanley, Coordinating Attorney at MSI Integrity. Over the last two decades, voluntary standard-setting initiatives have proliferated, becoming one of the most popular tools for addressing the human rights … Continue reading

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Nov 13 2015

UN FORUM SERIES – Business and human rights progress in the Japanese context

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This post was contributed by Hiroshi Ishida, Executive Director of the Caux Round Table Japan. Human Rights are universal, but acceptance should be based on each social context Human rights are universal and belong to every human being in every … Continue reading

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Nov 12 2015

UN FORUM SERIES – Three is the magic number

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This post was contributed by Margaret Jungk, Chair of UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, Mauricio Lazala, Deputy Director of Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, and Mark Hodge, Executive Director of Global Business Initiative on Human Rights.   The upcoming 2015 UN Forum on … Continue reading

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