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Weekly Update - 28 September 2016

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Climate Week NYC: Companies, govts. make commitments to limit greenhouse gases & move towards renewable energy

Climate Group; Business Green; Christian Aid

(Photo credit: Kim Hansen)
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Europe & Central Asia
Middle East & No. Africa
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Webinar: Business, Human Rights Defenders and Civic Space: A Safe and Enabling Operating Environment for All (28 Sep)

UN Global Compact, Intl. Service for Human Rights, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Vacancy: Senior Researcher on labour rights (1 year maternity cover, deadline 14 Oct)

Explore our new Community Action Platform in English & French
  • provides tools & resources for business-affected communities & organizations working with them, with peer-learning, guidance, case studies, directory of practitioners
Register for UN Forum on Business & Human Rights - programme now available

New index for investors reveals top 100 most diverse & inclusive companies globally

Thomson Reuters

"Business & Human Rights Review" highlights increased use of disclosure & reporting requirements, supply chain transparency

Allen & Overy's Human Rights Working Group

  • review includes: "A hard-edged business approach to ending modern slavery", interview with Andrew Forrest, Fortescue Metals Group
  • "Implementing the State duty to protect human rights in investment policy", Andrea Saldarriaga & Andrea Shemberg, LSE Investment & Human Rights Project
  • "A collaborative approach to ending slavery and human trafficking in Asia", interview with Archana Kotecha, Liberty Asia
Webinar: Shift discusses relationship between UN Sustainable Development Goals & UN Guiding Principles

Legal seminar report: Options for proposed binding treaty

Brot für die Welt, CIDSE, Friends of the Earth Europe, SOMO

  • identifies following issues as priorities for treaty: enforceability, extraterritorial obligations, piercing the corporate veil, access to remedy, full scope of business relationships, establishing primacy of human rights over investment rights
Preventing children’s exposure to toxins – NGOs, UN expert urge govt. & business to act

UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; Human Rights Watch

So. Africa: 2 artisanal miners die & 22 others arrested at Harmony mine facility; NGO urges companies to rehabilitate abandoned mines

ENCA (So. Africa)

Ethiopia: European Investment Bank announces 500 USD million investment in job-creation for refugees

Tanzania: NGOs claim govt. investigation uncovered human rights abuses at Acacia Mining subsidiary; company denies allegations

RAID; Mining Watch Canada; Acacia

Kenya: New country guide on human rights & business

Danish Insitute for Human Rights & Kenya Human Rights Commission

Honduras: "Blood and Water" - Al Jazeera documentary on Berta Cáceres’ assassination reveal risks land rights defenders face

USA: Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable calls on presidential candidates to prioritise business & human rights issues
  • refers to implementation of Natl. Action Plan, new regulations, country-by-country reporting for companies on tax, access to remedy, collaboration with broad range of stakeholders
Asia & Pacific
NGOs, journalists identify labour abuses in H&M's supply chains including instances of child labour in Myanmar - company responds

Radio New Zealand

Japan: NGOs publish guide on UN Guiding Principles & Sustainable Development Goals for companies with palm oil supply chains

Friends of the Earth Japan; Global Environmental Forum; Japan Tropical Forest Action Network; Mekong Watch' Rainforest Action Network; Sarawak Campaign Committee

Cambodia: Brands accused of failing to endorse union proposal to increase minimum wage by 40 USD a month

In These Times

  • adidas, Gap, H&M, Levi’s cite support of ongoing negotiations
China: Country's pledge to become global green power undercut by overseas expansion of coal power plants

China Dialogue

Europe & Central Asia
Serbia: South Korean Yura Corp.'s factory workers complain about alleged abuses including beatings, sexual harassment, non-payment of wages & denial of freedom of association

Independent Balkan News Agency; Balkan Insight - BIRN (Serbia)

  • we invited Yura Corp., as well as major clients Hyundai Motor Group & Kia Motors to respond - they did not
Netherlands: Study recommends strengthening Dutch duty of care law to address access to remedy for business-related abuses abroad; govt. responds

Utrecht Centre for Accountability and Liability; Dutch Govt.

UK: Petition calls on American Apparel & Caffé Nero to make premises more accessible for people with disabilities

Independent (UK)

Middle East & North Africa
Saudi Arabia: National & foreign staff at Saad Specialist private hospital strike over unpaid wages

Middle East Eye

Qatar: Nepali worker sues Staff Source International for unfair dismissal due to pregnancy, company maintains stance

Doha News (Qatar)

Company responses Non-responses
Equitable Origin seeks input on EO100 standard for responsible energy development (due 30 Sep)

Call for contributions to 2nd session of UN Intergovt. Working Group on proposed binding treaty on business & human rights (extended to 30 Sep)

Call for comments: UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework’s assurance guidance (due 31 Oct)
Webinar: Business, Human Rights Defenders and Civic Space: A Safe and Enabling Operating Environment for All (28 Sep)

Other forthcoming events:
  • 2016 Intl. Uranium Film Festival (28 Sep - 2 Oct, Berlin)
  • business coaching on human rights due diligence (29 Sep, Vienna)
  • UK Modern Slavery Act: legal framework & implications (4 Oct, Manchester)
  • advancing investigations & prosecutions in corporate human rights cases (6 Oct, register by 30 Sep, London)
  • climate change & human rights expert meeting (6-7 Oct, Geneva)
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:
  • CDA Collaborative Learning Projects (Executive Director)
  • Fair Foods Standards Council (3 posts: Human Rights Attorney; Human Rights Investigator; Human Rights Financial Investigator)
  • ILO (2 posts: Technical Officer, Better Work; Head of Quality & Factory Services, Better Work)
  • UNICEF UK (Children's Rights and Business Specialist)
  • Union of Concerned Scientists (Senior Campaign Organizer, Fossil Fuel Company Accountability, Climate & Energy Program)
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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