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2 Jun 2020


This section contains opinion pieces from the business and human rights movement, written by both our global team and many authors outside of our organisation. These have been curated and published by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

Learning from success in renewable energy: Indigenous leadership & shared prosperity

The transition to clean energy is now a global emergency. As we hurtle towards a tipping point, Indigenous and marginalised communities around the world are facing the brunt of the catastrophe, having contributed the least to the crisis. With a move to clean energy sources essential to correct our current course, Joan Carling of IPRI and Phil Bloomer, BHRRC, underscore the golden opportunity we have to deliver true, shared prosperity, with good jobs, resilient livelihoods, healthier environments, and thriving communities.

Blog series

Building momentum: Critical considerations in the Binding Treaty 2023 negotiations

In this blog series experts from various backgrounds and regions share their insights on the latest draft of the UN Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights ahead of the 9th session of the Intergovernmental Working Group.

Rights under fire: A business & human rights lens one year after Russia’s military aggressions in Ukraine

On 24 February Russia invaded Ukraine prompting widespread global economic sanctions. Businesses operating in Russia have been under pressure to review their presence and undertake heightened due diligence - but one year on more than 1,000 companies are still present and there is little evidence of effective action.

Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence

Experts from civil society, governments and business discuss what Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence could mean for advancing human rights in business.

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    H&M praised by media for committing to pay poverty wages

    1 Dec 2023 Anne Bienias and Christie Miedema, Clean Clothes Campaign

    Last week several media outlets applauded H&M for committing to raise its purchasing prices to meet the increased legal minimum wage for the garment sector in Bangladesh. While this may be true, the praise heaped upon H&M is unwarranted, argue Anne Bienias and Christie Miedema of the Clean Clothes Campaign - and the fact the industry and media applaud it is indicative of a thoroughly broken system.

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    Holding technology companies accountable for human rights violations in Africa

    21 Nov 2023 Joseph Kibugu, Africa Regional Manager, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

    As technology companies increasingly find foot in Africa, irresponsible use of digital technologies has the potential to cause harm to individuals and communities.

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    Inside the hidden battles of Africa’s gig workers: The experience of content moderators in Kenya

    15 Nov 2023 Sani Suleiman, Khadija El-Usman

    As the gig economy continues to grow in Africa, this blog looks at the labour rights issues facing one of the most popular forms of gig work in Kenya: content moderation.

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    Telecommunication governance is key to guaranteeing internet rights in Zimbabwe

    15 Nov 2023 Tinotenda Chishiri, CivActs Program Officer at Accountability Lab Zimbabwe

    Accountability Lab looks at the state of internet shutdowns in Zimbabwe and discusses what action needs to be taken by telecommunication companies operating in the country.

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    Tech & tragedy in Gaza & Israel: companies must act to protect human rights

    3 Nov 2023 Phil Bloomer, BHRRC

    The international community has an immense task and responsibility to end the military bombardment and collective punishment of civilians in Gaza and secure the release of Israeli hostages. Yet business too has an immediate responsibility to ensure it is not contributing to or exacerbating the conflict and human suffering - with the tech sector and its investors having a specific and urgent role to play.

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    Reflections on a week of negotiations on a legally binding treaty on business & human rights

    1 Nov 2023 Elodie Aba & Michael Clements, BHRRC

    Last week, states and civil society organisations (CSOs) gathered in Geneva for the 9th session of negotiations dedicated to elaborating a legally binding instrument (LBI) on business and human rights. Elodie Aba and Michael Clements reflect on the discussions and look forward to the next steps.

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    Reclaiming states’ economic sovereignty: the crux of the new treaty on business and human rights

    24 Oct 2023 Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights

    Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights outlines the urgent need for a global, legally binding instrument to tackle the unprecedented concentration of economic power in the hands of a small number of large corporate groups, the so-called “lead companies” controlling global supply chains, which is undermining the economic sovereignty of all nations.

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    Principles for an accountable private sector in a just energy transition

    23 Oct 2023 Juan Carlos Ochoa and Nadia Saracini, Christian Aid

    In a new report, Christian Aid examines the role of the private sector in delivering a just and equitable energy transition, and the need to ensure business both respects human rights and contributes to their fulfilment. The report finds a lack of regulations and corporate short-term profit maximisation are contributing to human rights and environmental concerns.

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    Five reasons the Binding Treaty needs to be feminist

    20 Oct 2023 Feminists for a Binding Treaty

    If the Binding Treaty is to really make a difference, it should consider the specific challenges faced by women, gender-diverse people and their communities in the face of corporate abuses...We need a feminist Binding Treaty that holds businesses accountable, and therein, puts people before profit.

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    Building momentum to negotiate a stronger binding business and human rights treaty for all

    16 Oct 2023 Elodie Aba, Senior Legal Researcher, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre

    In order to support and elevate efforts from civil society organisations, workers and communities, especially those in the Global South, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and its partners recently convened a series of three webinars to foster critical thinking around the Binding Treaty.

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