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Weekly Update - 9 November 2016

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Business & human rights at the COP22 Marrakech climate talks, 7-18 Nov 
  • includes commitments by companies & calls by civil society to address human rights impacts of climate change
  • govt. leaders believe Trump & USA will have difficulty pulling out of Paris Agreement
  • we will continue to update this page throughout the next 2 weeks
  • see also: Paris climate agreement entered into force - what is the next step?

(photo credit: COP22)
From us
Asia & Pacific
Europe & Central Asia
Middle East & No. Africa
From Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
"Towards responsible renewable energy": 50 renewable energy companies’ human rights policies & records examined
  • briefing & interactive platform based on outreach to 50 companies; responses from 20 including DESA, Engie, Lake Turkana Wind Power, Sarawak Energy, Vestas
  • with few exceptions, highlights lack of transparency, awareness & implementation of human rights responsibilities in the sector
  • case studies demonstrate meaningful community consultation is possible & necessary
  • blog: Five steps to ensure climate action does not harm human rights
"Regulating Business Reporting to Protect Human Rights": New blog for our Debate the Treaty series

Erika George, Univ. of Utah College of Law

We're hiring! 2 vacancies at Business & Human Rights Resource Centre:
UN Forum on Business & Human Rights in Geneva, 14-16 Nov
  • full programme & speaker list
  • follow our coverage on Twitter @BHRRC
Danish Natl. Contact Point for OECD Guidelines concludes PWT Group did not conduct adequate due diligence when sourcing from New Wave Style at Rana Plaza

Union investor update alleges anti-union activity by PepsiCo in Guatemala, India, Pakistan

Intl. Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF)

  • we invited PepsiCo to respond - response provided
"Outsourcing Development: Lifting the veil on the World Bank Group's lending through financial intermediaries" 

Inclusive Development Intl.

  • we invited IFC to respond - response provided
"Data brokers and human rights: Big data, big business"

Institute for Human Rights and Business

  • briefing says companies that gather consumer data must conduct human rights due diligence
Zambia: 300 miners choked by gas fumes at Mopani mine, 17 hospitalised

Zambia Natl. Broadcasting Corp. 

Nigeria: 34 Delta State communities affected by oil spill give NNPC/NSPC seven-day ultimatum to clean-up impacted areas & pay compensation

Sahara Reporters

Uganda: Locals evicted for construction of oil waste treatment plant die of starvation & disease in crowded camp

Oil in Uganda

Canada: NGO proposes new model law to establish human rights ombudsman for extractive industries

The Hill Times; iPolitics; Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability

Peru: 52 indigenous protestors acquitted of charges in Bagua case over oil drilling & mining in the Amazon

Survival Intl.

Brazil: Repórter Brasil celebrates 15 years fighting slave labour, exposing companies that benefit from exploiting workers, the environment
Asia & Pacific
Laos: Carlsberg subsidiary Lao Brewery linked to air & water pollution in villages surrounding Vientiane plant

Radio Free Asia

  • we invited Carlsberg to respond - response provided
ICTI CARE Foundation partners with Impactt to support growing toy manufacturing industry in India, promote ethical standards


China: Controversial cybersecurity law passed, requires business to comply with further internet censorship rules

Caixin; Reuters

  • Airbnb, Apple, LinkedIn among foreign companies reported to comply
Japan: A record 5803 foreign labourers reported missing in 2015

Japan Times


Myanmar: Asia World and Shwe Padonmar sue returning internally displaced persons for trespass; firms claim land given to them for palm oil plantations

Burma News Intl.

India: IFC's Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) reports low wages, poor working conditions at Tata-World Bank tea plantations, civil society calls for action

Nazdeek, Accountability Counsel; Promotion and Advancement of Justice, Harmony and Rights of Adivasis, and People’s Action for Development; CAO; Huffington Post

Europe & Central Asia
Russia: Evenk indigenous community leader sentenced to 4 years in jail for opposing "Petropavlovsk" gold mining firm
  • we invited the firm's shareholders to respond - response provided by UBS Switzerland AG
  • Cape View Capital, DE Shaw & Co, Petropavlovsk, Prudential, Sothic Capital European Opportunities Master Fund did not respond
Blog: Lost in translation or learning to walk? On CSR in ship recycling & textile sector supply chain management

Karin Buhmann, Copenhagen Business School, in The Business of Society (BOS)

  • compares cases involving 2 Danish companies
Middle East & North Africa
Commentary: Stronger commitment to human rights needed in the Tripoli Special Economic Zone, Lebanon

Ziad Abdel Samad, Executive Director, Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), in LinkedIn

Israel & Occupied Palestinian Territories: Israeli water company Mekorot blamed for severe water shortages in West Bank

Al Jazeera

Company responses Non-responses
Institute for Human Rights & Business calls for input on top 10 business & human rights issues for 2017 (due 20 Nov)

Call for Applications: ISHR Human Rights Defenders Advocacy Programme, 29 May-9 June 2017, Geneva (due 4 Jan)
Forthcoming events:
  • legal training programme, inc. business & human rights (12 Nov-25 Mar, London)
  • intl. conference on asbestos awareness & management (13-15 Nov, Adelaide)
  • "2016 UN Forum on Business & Human Rights" (14-16 Nov, Geneva)
  • managing risk of modern slavery in your supply chain (15 Nov, online)
  • conference: sustainability standards in India (16 Nov, New Delhi)
  • "10th Annual European Pro Bono Forum" (16-18 Nov, Amsterdam)
  • using the OECD Guidelines to address corporate accountability (16 Nov, Budapest)
  • public procurement & human rights workshop (17 Nov, Geneva)
  • UN Guiding Principles - what lawyers, corps. & banks should know (17 Nov, Geneva)
  • discussion on litigating against polluting companies (17 Nov, Brussels)
Details of these and other events further in the future can be found here.  Please send relevant event information to Alex Janczenia:  
Current vacancies:
  • Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (2 posts: Development Manager, Europe; Development Officer)
  • Ethical Trading Initiative (Senior Policy & Advocacy Advisor)
  • Fair Wear Foundation (Project Manager)
  • Physicians for Human Rights (Budget & Grants Manager)
  • Verisk Maplecroft (Senior Sustainability Analyst, Commodity Supply Chains)
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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