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Weekly Update - 15 June 2016

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5 years on: UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
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Latest Corporate Legal Accountability Quarterly Bulletin USD 4.8 trillion investor coalition announces support for world's first business & human rights benchmark

Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

New jobs feature on our website allows users to submit job announcements in business & human rights
Report highlights impact of Euro 2016 key sponsors' economic model on workers in their supply chains

Collectif Ethique sur l'Etiquette

  • claims workers in supply chains not paid a living wage
  • we invited adidas, Nike & Puma to respond – responses provided
Intl. Bar Association issues practical business & human rights guidance for business lawyers

Ethical Trading Initiative launches human rights due diligence framework
  • designed to help companies "prevent and manage labour rights risks" through engagement, negotiation and collaboration
US authorities block imports linked to 3 Chinese companies suspected of being produced by prison labour


Guidance for management accountants on business & human rights

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), Global Compact Network UK

Marks & Spencer publishes human rights report & supply chain map, allowing customers & stakeholders to see where goods are made


Africa: EU MPs say G8 initiative on food security disadvantages small-scale farmers

European Parliament;; FarmLandS

  • includes Agro EcoEnergy's response to allegations of land-grabbing in Tanzania
Nigeria: Report exposes negative community impacts of coal mining & coal power generation

Global Rights

Botswana: 4 workers killed at BCL copper mine, union & community members urge management to take health & safety seriously​​

Mmegionline; Daily News

Honduran indigenous leader Ana Mirian Romero wins Front Line Defenders Award for her work protecting community rights against Los Encinos Dam project

Guatemala: Cargill & Repsa acknowledge need to prevent abuses related to toxic spill of palm oil

Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA, Friends of the Earth-US, Rainforest Action Network, Oxfam America & ActionAid USA

  • companies yet to take action include AAK, ADM, Bunge, IOI, Wilmar
Brazil: Court orders eviction of indigenous communities from ancestral land in favour of sugarcane plantation & factory; groups fear severe abuses

FIAN Intl. 

Latin America: NGOs speak of corporate abuse & obstacles to access to justice at hearing of Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Inter-American Association for Environmental Defense

Asia & Pacific
India: Tea companies asked to raise wages & stop litigation blocking minimum wage revisions, in letter from civil society groups

Amnesty Intl., CORE Coalition, ShareAction, Traidcraft & others

  • companies approached: Fortnam & Masons, Sainsbury, Tata Tea, Taylors of Harrogate, Tesco, Twinnings, Typhoo, Unilever
China: Twitter's appointment of new China director reportedly linked to military sparks freedom of speech debates

Guardian (UK)

Indonesia: Govt. & private companies partner on forest fire prevention projects following last year’s devastating fires

Jakarta Globe

Australia: How law firms can benefit from supporting corporate lawyers' interest in human rights

Lawyers Weekly

Ethical business network launches in Pakistan

Ethical Trading Initiative

Europe & Central Asia
UK: Agricultural company found liable for victims of modern slavery in landmark high court judgment

Guardian (UK); Leigh Day

Civil society groups call for effective EU law on conflict minerals in letter to Dutch Presidency

Amnesty Intl., Global Witness & others

Serbia: Protesters raise concerns about lack of transparency & public consultation on UAE-backed Belgrade Waterfront development project

Middle East Eye

Middle East & North Africa
Egypt: Intl. Finance Corp. (IFC) refers complaint against Titan Cement Egypt to Compliance Ombudsman over environmental, labour & health impacts of operations

Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights

  • we invited Titan Cement Egypt to respond - response provided
Qatar: 1.4 million migrant workers live in labour camps


Company responses
ESCR-Net Corporate Capture Project Survey (open until 30 Jun) 
Forthcoming events:
  • immigration detention, business & human rights (16 Jun, Geneva)
  • UN Guiding Principles 5-year anniversary event (16 Jun, Washington DC)
  • enabling environments for at-risk human rights defenders (17 Jun, London)
  • business & human rights summer course (20 Jun - 2 Jul, New Delhi)
  • ethical consumerism & human rights (21 Jun, London)
  • "Business & Human Rights in Transition from Conflict to Peace" (21 Jun, Oxford)
  • sustainability for smallholder farmers in Southeast Asia (23-24 Jun, Jakarta)
Details of these and other events further in the future can be found here.  Please send relevant event information to Alex Janczenia:  
Current vacancies:
  • Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (Chief Safety Officer)
  • Enact Sustainable Strategies (Junior Human Rights Consultant)
  • Fair Labor Association (2 posts: Field Assessor; Workplace Accountability Associate)
  • Ford Foundation (Civic Engagement & Govt. Program Officer)
  • Utrecht University (Postdoctoral, Corporate Rule of Law Responsibility)
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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