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Weekly Update - 17 December 2014

Lead Story

Climate action must respect rights

"COP 20" negotiations in Lima: Activists stressed that climate change is a human rights issue
  • political leaders called on private sector to do more to reduce emissions
  • commentary on conference outcome: "Rights of Present and Future Generations at Risk After Lima" (CIEL - Center for International Environmental Law)
 (Photo credit: Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice)
Asia & Pacific
Europe & Central Asia
Middle East & North Africa

Briefing: "Scaling Up Action on Human Rights" - with examples from 17 companies

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Commentary: "US corporations winning fight over human rights lawsuits"

Lawrence Hurley, Reuters

"Top 10 business & human rights issues for 2015"

Institute for Human Rights and Business

Briefing offers recommendations to improve non-judicial grievance mechanisms

Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO)

openGlobalRights Blog: Privacy and security in cyberspace: right of all or luxury of the few?

Videos from selected sessions at UN Forum on Business and Human Rights
  •  including on the role of states; the right to privacy in the digital age; sustainable development goals and business & human rights; and more
Report says Kenya lost 78 billion shillings to multinationals through corruption & tax evasion between 2003 & 2012

Standard Digital (Kenya)

Senegal: Senhuile's agribusiness project is a "land grab" harming women & food security, lacks transparency, says ActionAid report
  • we invited Senhuile to respond - it indicated it will do so; we will include its response in a future Update
Tanzania: Group says activists advocating for pastoralists' land rights against investors face threats & intimidation

The Citizen (Tanzania)

USA: New policy announcement by Volkswagen paves way for union representation at Tennessee plant

Associated Press; IndustriALL

USA: On 2nd anniversary of Sandy Hook school massacre, victims' families bring lawsuit against gunmaker Bushmaster


Brazil: Authorities find irregularities in labour law and health & safety in construction of Olympic Park; Rio Urbe comments (only available in Portuguese)

O Globo

Asia & Pacific
India: Rape by Uber driver raises questions about company's recruitment practices, Uber apologises

Harpreet Kaur of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre; Reuters;; Firstpost; Press Trust of India; Livemint; Time; Times Network

Cambodia: Groups raise alarm over severe food, livelihood, environmental, cultural impacts of Lower Sesan 2 Dam project

3S Rivers Protection Network (Cambodia) and others

  • we invited project developers China Huaneng Group (parent of Hydrolancang Intl. Energy), Royal Group & Vietnam Electricity to respond - they did not
So. Korea: Allegations that children of Samsung workers suffer serious illnesses as a result of "reproductive toxicity"

Huffington Post Korea; Hankyoreh

  • we invited Samsung to respond; response provided
Cambodia: Govt. confirms plan to install surveillance equipment on networks of mobile phone operators & internet service providers

Cambodia Daily

Myanmar: EIRIS Conflict Risk Network launches new tools to enable investing companies manage risks 
Europe & Central Asia
Kazakhstan: Local residents link mass fainting, hospitalisation of children to emissions from oil & gas field operated by Karachaganak Petroleum Operating BV (KPO)

Tengrinews (Kazakhstan)

German prosecutors decide not to investigate Gamma Intl. over allegations Bahrain Govt. used its FinFisher surveillance software to unlawfully spy on opposition

European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR); Privacy Intl.

UK: Jury clears 3 former G4S guards of manslaughter over death of Angolan man during his deportation

Independent (UK)

Middle East & North Africa
Israel: NGO calls for investigation into dismissal of Arab workers due to ethnic origin

Kav LaOved

Qatar 2022: UK Construction firm Carillion linked to migrant labour abuses - includes company comments

BBC Newsnight

Company responses Non-responses
US Govt. invites input to its National Action Plan on business & human rights - deadline for written submissions 15 Jan
Forthcoming events:
  • workshop on implementation of UN Guiding Principles (Copenhagen, 23-24 Jan)
  • event on challenges & opportunities after impact assessments (London, 4 Feb)
  • responsible sourcing summit (West Hollywood, 3-4 March)
  • capacity building workshops on business & human rights (Aarhus, 9-10 March)
  • seminar on ethical sourcing (New York, 26-27 March)
Details of these and other events further in the future can be found here.  Please send relevant event information to Eniko Horvath: 
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Gobierno de Ecuador continúa la promoción del tratado vinculante sobre empresas y derechos humanos en el marco del Tercer Foro de la ONU

Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Ecuador

Se lanza el primer índice (ranking) de desempeño empresarial en derechos humanos
  • Las 6 organizaciones detrás de esta iniciativa son: Centro de Información sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos; EIRIS; Aviva Investors; Calvert Investments; VBDO; Instituto de Derechos Humanos y Empresas
Perú: Autoridades anuncian sello para empresas que implementen políticas contra la discriminación a la mujer

Gestión (Perú)

Bolivia: Unión de Cañeros Guabirá recibe distinción como empresa libre de trabajo infantil, forzoso y discriminación (Bolivia)

Colombia: Empresa de Energía del Pacífico dice que terminó la consulta previa con indígenas en proyecto hidroeléctrico en Tolima

Empresa de Energía del Pacífico

Gerente de Walmart para México y Centroamérica destaca sus políticas para combatir la pobreza


México: Convocatoria al sello de empresas libres de trabajo infantil

El Debate (México)

Panamá: Telefónica firma convenio con el Estado para sensibilizar empresas sobre erradicación del trabajo infantil


Centrafrique : Le maintien de l'embargo sur le diamant constitue un frein à la scolarisation des enfants, selon un observateur

Africa Info dans AllAfrica

Webinaire – Principes de l’ONU relatifs aux entreprises et aux droits de l’homme : stratégies d’action pour la société civile

Sherpa & Communauté RSE et PED

La Guinée met à la disposition de la société civile et des communautés locales un guide pratique sur la gouvernance minière (Guinée)

Inde : Des villageois attendent la finalisation d’une étude d’impact du projet de Michelin sur leurs droits

CCFD-Terre Solidaire (France)

Une experte souligne les succès de l’activisme actionnarial pour faire progresser les entreprises sur les enjeux sociaux et environnementaux

Laurence Loubières, Projet (France)

La 6ème édition du Forum RSE Sénégal met l'accent sur le rôle des entreprises dans la lutte contre le chômage des jeunes

RSE Sénégal

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