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Feb 12 2016

Isabella Stanbrook – Why is measurement an important theme for business and human rights in 2016?

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This post was contributed by Isabella Stanbrook, senior analyst at Sancroft. More than two thirds of the world’s fifty largest companies already have a specific human rights policy. This reflects a growing corporate awareness of human rights impacts. In the past, … Continue reading

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Dec 1 2015

UN FORUM SERIES – Competition, Collaboration, and Corporate Accountability Rankings

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This post was contributed by David Sullivan, an independent consultant specializing in technology and human rights. Tech companies are in a tough sport when it comes to censorship and surveillance. Governments continue to demand new levels of access and control over … Continue reading

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Nov 13 2015

UN FORUM SERIES – How do technology companies integrate freedom of expression and privacy rights?

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This post was contributed by Allon Bar, research coordinator with the Ranking Digital Rights project. People around the world increasingly rely on the products and services of companies from the information communication and technology (ICT) sector for many aspects of their … Continue reading

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Nov 9 2015

UN FORUM SERIES – Creating industry-specific standards to operationalize the “responsibility to respect”

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This post was contributed by Dorothée Baumann-Pauly, research director at NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights. Any measurement of progress requires a baseline – determining whether the dial has moved can only be assessed if we know where it was … Continue reading

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Nov 7 2015

UN FORUM SERIES – A new benchmark for human rights

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This post was contributed by Sudeep Chakravarti, an Indian writer and journalist. The post was first published on Livemint.com. Some weeks ago, I wrote about corporate human rights benchmarks being works in progress, in a column that also speculated about a somewhat extreme … Continue reading

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Nov 4 2015

UN FORUM SERIES – We have SDGs now, but how do we measure them?

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This post was contributed by Kate Anderson, senior policy analyst and associate fellow in the Center for Universal Education of the Brookings Institute. The post was first posted on the Brookings Institute’s website.  Does the world agree on the definition of … Continue reading

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Nov 3 2015

UN FORUM SERIES – Implementing the Guiding Principles: The Challenge of Measurement

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This post was contributed by Margaret Jungk, Chair of the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights. They called it ‘the plane that became a convertible’. In 1988, on a routine flight from Hilo to Honolulu, Aloha Airlines … Continue reading

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Oct 30 2015

UN FORUM SERIES – Encouraging transparency in Myanmar: Pwint Thit Sa

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This post was contributed by Vicky Bowman, Director of the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business. The Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) recently released its second annual report on Transparency in Myanmar Enterprises (TiME), otherwise known as Pwint Thit Sa (which … Continue reading

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Oct 29 2015

UN FORUM SERIES – What should banks do to take human rights seriously?

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This post was contributed by Ryan Brightwell, Researcher and Editor at BankTrack.  The banking sector provides the lending that drives much of the world’s economic activity. As such, whether banks apply strong human rights standards to their finance has knock-on … Continue reading

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Oct 28 2015

UN FORUM SERIES – Radical Transparency, or how to use public data for large scale Social-Impact Assessments

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This post was contributed by Paul Middelkoop, human rights researcher at Questionmark.  One of the biggest challenges for a company that wants to align its conduct with the United Nations Guiding Principles (UNGPs) is to determine the salience of many different risks across … Continue reading

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