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Weekly Update - 12 October 2016

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"Carbon majors" respond to petition submitted to Philippines Human Rights Commission re human rights & climate change impacts

(photo credit: Greenpeace)
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From Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
Vacancy: Senior Researcher on labour rights (1 year maternity cover, deadline 14 Oct)
Intl. organization of security firms adopts new procedures to improve governance, remedy mechanisms

Intl. Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers' Association

New "Corporate Crime Principles" aim to advance companies' legal accountability for human rights 

Amnesty Intl. & Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR)

Proposed UN binding treaty on business & human rights: What types of obligations are possible for states under the treaty? - new policy brief

South Centre

Corporate tax avoidance is "effectively stealing" from public services - UN experts

Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, UN Independent Expert on foreign debt and human rights, and Human Rights Council Advisory Committee

Ethiopia: Oromo protesters target foreign-owned companies arguing they took land from farmers without adequate compensation

AFP; Africa News

Nigeria: Victims of 2015 Effurun oil spill fire petition National Human Rights Commission over NNPC's refusal to compensate them

Nation (Nigeria)

Inaugural Southern Africa Permanent People's Tribunal hears testimonies from communities affected by mining and extractive activities

Alternative Information & Development Centre (So. Africa)

Canadian court allows lawsuit against Nevsun for forced labour in Eritrea mine to proceed

Business in Vancouver; Nevsun Resources; Canadian Centre for Intl. Justice

  • summary profile of lawsuit also available here
Brazil: Conectas says Samarco fails to guarantee water quality in affected towns & communities 1 year after Doce River dam collapse

Conectas Direitos Humanos (Brazil)

  • company page on water quality response also provided
Peru: Independent fact-finding mission reports on Newmont Yanacocha mine's conflict with Chaupe family - outlines steps company could take to open dialogue

Resolve; Newmont

Asia & Pacific
Cambodia: Supplier to C&A accused of denial of freedom of association including illegal dismissals of union leaders, threats

Community Legal Education Center

  • we invited C&A to respond; in its response, company sets out steps it is taking
China: Production of "clean" lithium-ion batteries reportedly causes heavy air & water pollution in northeast provinces

Washington Post

Myanmar: Comments requested on Mining Sector-Wide Impact Assessment Draft

Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business, Institute for Human Rights and Business, Danish Institute for Human Rights

  • draft is intended to sensitise stakeholders to human rights impacts of mining
Network against Japan Arms Trade concerned over reported Japan-Israel military drone project, pointing to reported human rights violations by the Israeli military
  • we invited companies reportedly approached by Japanese Govt. to respond
  • response by Mitsubishi Electric
  • NEC stated it has a "policy not to comment" on research projects 
  • Fuji Heavy Industries did not respond
Japan Sports Council will not use Sourcing Code for Sustainable Timber published by Tokyo Organising Committee for the Olympic Games 
  • stadium construction to follow current regulations, rely on corporate self-regulation 
  • main article only in Japanese - short unofficial summary provided in English
Europe & Central Asia
Germany: New platform & case study for stakeholder consultations on renewable energy development

The Climate Group

Armenia: Environmentalists urge govt., private & intl. financial institutions to stop supporting Lydian Intl.'s Amulsar gold mine over health & climate concerns​

Pan-Armenian Environmental Front Civic Initiative

  • we invited Lydian Intl. to respond; it did not
EU: What reforms are needed to improve access to justice for victims of human rights abuses by European companies abroad?

Katerina Yiannibas, Human Rights in Business

Middle East & North Africa
Egypt: Habi Center challenges use of coal by cement firms Lafarge, Suez Cement in administrative court - concerns include non-disclosure of impact assessments

Habi Center for Environmental Rights

Environmental, labour, human rights groups urge European Commission to cease support for water conference sponsored by firms with ties to Israeli settlements in Palestinian Territories

Water Online

Company responses Non-responses
Programme now available for UN Forum on Business & Human Rights (14-16 Nov, Geneva)

Call for comments: UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework’s assurance guidance (due 31 Oct)

Call for Papers: Conference on accountability and international business operations at Utrecht University (deadline for abstracts: 1 Nov)
Forthcoming events:
  • policy forum on land & women's empowerment (13 Oct, London)
  • free online course on modern day slavery (starts 17 Oct, online)
  • forum on modern slavery & forced labour (17 Oct, Washington DC)
  • women's empowerment & role of the private sector (17 Oct, London)
  • webinar: how to develop a human rights policy (17 Oct, online)
  • Arabia CSR forum (19-20 Oct, Dubai)
  • doing business with respect for human rights (19-20 Oct, Cologne)
  • "Intl. Conference on Business and Human Rights" (20-21 Oct, Seville)
  • summit meeting on sustainable supply chains (20-21 Oct, London)
Details of these and other events further in the future can be found here.  Please send relevant event information to Alex Janczenia:  
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre: Senior Researcher on labour rights (1 year maternity cover, deadline 14 Oct)

Other current vacancies:
  • African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (Research Consultants, Access to Remedy)
  • Corporate Europe Observatory (Outreach & Mobilisation Organiser)
  • Corruption Watch (Senior Legal Researcher with Investigative Skills)
  • CSR Europe (Project Manager Supply Chain Sustainability)
  • Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (Program Director, Health Equity)
  • OECD Watch/SOMO (Advocacy Lead)
Further details and other recently posted jobs available here.  To submit a new job announcement in business & human rights please go here.
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