An Open Letter from BSR on Racial Justice

Dear BSR Members and Partners, The brutal killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers last week—following on the previous killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Alton Sterling, Trayvon Martin, and countless others—is yet another example of the systemic and institutional racism that persists in the United States. We are heartbroken and outraged by these injustices. This is a … Continue reading An Open Letter from BSR on Racial Justice

Qatar: World Cup organising body announce one death & 1,100 COVID-19 infections among workers

1,100 of the 40,000 workers on World Cup sites have been infected with COVID-19 with one worker dying from the virus. The figures are only the second to be released publicly by the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Qatar; in mid-April it was reported that eight … Continue reading Qatar: World Cup organising body announce one death & 1,100 COVID-19 infections among workers

Call for input: Consultation on human rights revisions to the Global Reporting Initiative standards (deadline: 9 Sep)

Author: Global Reporting Initiative, Published on: 26 June 2020 "GRI consultation on human rights revisions to the GRI Standards" A public comment period is underway until 9 September 2020 to gather feedback on an exposure draft that revises the GRI Universal Standards. The GRI Universal Standards, which apply to all organizations reporting in accordance with the GRI … Continue reading Call for input: Consultation on human rights revisions to the Global Reporting Initiative standards (deadline: 9 Sep)

Australia: Rio Tinto mining blast destroys ancient Aboriginal sacred site

Rio Tinto's mining blast for the expansion of an iron ore mine at Juukan Gorge in the Pilbara region of Western Australia destroyed a cave of significant cultural importance. The cave is considered a sacred site that showed 46,000 years of continual occupation and provided a 4,000-year-old genetic link to present-day traditional owners, the Puutu Kunti Kurrama … Continue reading Australia: Rio Tinto mining blast destroys ancient Aboriginal sacred site

UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights launches ambitious project to implement UNGPs more broadly in next decade

Author: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN), Published on: 10 June 2020 “New UN Working Group project: Business and human rights - towards a decade of global implementation”, 9 June 2020 As countries globally confront the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis and its economic and social impacts, the UN Working Group on Business … Continue reading UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights launches ambitious project to implement UNGPs more broadly in next decade

Defending the Defenders

Human rights defenders are at the forefront of protecting our rights and our shared planet. They are also vital in helping businesses identify and manage risks to people in their operations and value chains. Yet increasingly, defenders face threats and violence in the course of doing their work. Since 2015, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre has tracked nearly 2,300 attacks against defenders focused … Continue reading Defending the Defenders

EU Commission presents proposal for post-COVID-19 Recovery Plan, includes initiative on sustainable corporate governance in 2021

On 27 May 2020, the EU Commission presented its proposal for a post-pandemic recovery plan 'Next Generation EU' to help the bloc recover from the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis. The EU’s updated seven-year €1 trillion budget proposal and €750 billion recovery plan's aim is to "guide and build a more sustainable, resilient and fairer Europe". The proposal also … Continue reading EU Commission presents proposal for post-COVID-19 Recovery Plan, includes initiative on sustainable corporate governance in 2021

Facebook’s independent oversight board member urges companies to establish mechanisms to address human rights concerns

Author: James Kariuki, Business Daily(Kenya), Published on: 28 May 2020 "Kiai urges firms to create boards to review operations" Human rights crusader, Maina Kiai has urged corporate companies to create independent boards that review controversial issues eroding public loyalty to their manufactured goods and provision of services...Mr Kiai, who was recently appointed as a panelist to … Continue reading Facebook’s independent oversight board member urges companies to establish mechanisms to address human rights concerns