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Weekly Update - 16 November 2016

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USA: Election of Donald Trump as President – implications for business & human rights

with statements/commentary by Center for Economic & Social Rights, CorpWatch, Global Witness, Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable, Oxfam, US Council for Intl. Business

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"Human rights must be integrated into intl. investment agreements" - statement by NGOs & experts opposes 5 proposed agreements on human rights grounds

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, Center for Intl. Environmental Law, Intl. Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), UN expert Alfred de Zayas & others

Interview with Angolan journalist Rafael Marques, on his reporting on human rights abuses involving diamond firms & restrictions on his work as a defender


Migrant workers in agricultural supply chains: Companies must act on recruitment, worker voice, traceability

Annabel Short, Deputy Director, in TriplePundit

  • cites findings of KnowTheChain’s benchmark of 20 food & beverage firms
Guest blog: Regulating investor responsibility, not just investors' rights

Dr. Daniel Aguirre, Intl. Commission of Jurists

Businesses, govts. & civil society members gathered at UN Forum on Business & Human Rights (14-17 Nov, Geneva) Companies can best contribute to Sustainable Development Goals by advancing respect for human rights, says Shift

Index ranks pharmaceutical companies' efforts to improve access to medicine in developing countries

Access to Medicine Foundation

  • GlaxoSmithKline leads; Roche & Astellas at bottom, “overtaken by peers”
Adidas provides summary of modern slavery risk assessment & invites stakeholders to comment

Cement manufacturer Lafarge sued in France over allegations its plant in Syria financed ISIS - accused of complicity in war crimes

Nadia Bernaz, Middlesex Univ.; Sherpa & European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights; Reuters

Kenya: Leader says local community "worse off than before" Dominion Farms obtained land for agribusiness & promised to improve their livelihood 

Standard Digital

  • we invited Dominion Farms to respond - it did not
Zimbabwe: Mine shafts collapse - 1 miner killed at Berwick 3 Mine, 2 others feared dead at Inyathi mine

Zimbabwe Daily

Uganda: Opposition leader urges human rights-based approach to large land acquisitions for investment - warns current actions could create class of landless people

Dr. Kizza Besigye, in Daily Monitor

Colombia: NGO questions obstacles to citizen’s participation in consultation process regarding AngloGold Ashanti’s La Colosa mining project

IKV Pax Christi

  • we invited AngloGold Ashanti to respond - response provided
USA: Court rejects govt. & fossil fuel companies' motion to dismiss youth climate change lawsuit

Our Children's Trust & Earth Guardians

Peru: 2 community members killed & 23 injured in clashes with police during protests over mining spill in Consorcio Minero Horizonte


Asia & Pacific
Philippines: Faremo Intl. factory closure leaves over 1000 jobless; union suspects shutdown was meant to suppress organising

Manila Times; Inquirer

  • we invited Gap, which sources from the factory, to respond - response provided
Indonesia: Parents who claim haze killed their children testify in lawsuit against 15 companies alleged to have been complicit in 2015 fires


  • witnesses challenge police's closing of case against companies
Following reports of corruption, nearly 50 civil society organizations call on Cambodian Govt. to restrict sand exports to Singapore over environmental concerns

Radio Free Asia

Chinese President Xi visits Latin America - highlights of Chinese companies’ social & environmental impacts in the region
Europe & Central Asia
Proposed revisions to forthcoming EU conflict minerals regulations will weaken it by widening loopholes, says European Network for Central Africa


EU backs textile trade deal with Uzbekistan opposed by activists over use of forced labour in cotton industry

Business Insider

UK: Lego ends advertising with Daily Mail, after calls for companies to "Stop Funding Hate" with ads in newspapers accused of sowing hatred, discrimination

Independent (UK)

Middle East & North Africa
Jordan: Govt. begins implementing its decision to prohibit non-Jordanians from working in private schools - hundreds of refugees to lose jobs


Company responses Non-responses
New resource: Peer Learning Process for law firms on business & human rights
  • space for knowledge-sharing & collaboration
  • includes workshop report
Forthcoming events:
  • course for CSR professionals on due diligence & labour rights (21-25 Nov, Turin)
  • intl. human rights law & climate change policy conference (21 Nov, Stockholm)
  • how business can help to tackle deforestation (21-22 Nov, London)
  • dialogue: businesses' role in society & human rights obligations (22 Nov, Bogotá)
  • training on ethical trade for Irish food & farming companies (24-25 Nov, Kilkenny)
Details of these and other events further in the future can be found here.  Please send relevant event information to Alex Janczenia:  
We're hiring! 2 vacancies in the Development Team at Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Other current vacancies:
  • City of San Diego (Minimum Wage Program Coordinator)
  • Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable (Legal & Policy Fellow)
  • Physicians for Human Rights (Budget & Grants Manager)
  • PODER (Program Director – Strategic Engagement, Advocacy Campaigns & PR)
  • 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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