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Publication of Top 10 List of Business and Human Rights Issues for 2011
10 December 2010
To mark International Human Rights Day on 10 December, the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) is today releasing its Top 10 List of Business and Human Rights Issues for 2011...

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Draft Guiding Principles for the implementation of the UN 'Protect, Respect and Remedy' Framework
22 November 2010
In June 2011, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Business & Human Rights, John Ruggie, will present to the UN Human Rights Council his final report, which will include as an annex a set of Guiding Principles for the operationalization of the UN "Protect, Respect and Remedy" framework...

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IHRB Trustee Bennett Freeman Honoured by the Foundation for Social Change
19 November 2010
IHRB Trustee Bennett Freeman, who serves as Senior Vice President for Social Research and Policy of the Calvert Group, yesterday accepted the 2010 "Top Leader of Change" award in recognition of Calvert’s SRI leadership and his contributions to corporate responsibility and sustainability...

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Auret van Heerden: Making global labor fair
11 November 2010
Labour activist and member of IHRB's International Advisory Board, Auret van Heerden, spoke at TEDGlobal2010 about the next frontier of workers' rights - globalised industries where no single national body can keep workers safe and protected. How can we keep our global supply chains honest? Van Heerden makes the business case for fair labour and human rights...

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Mary Robinson Speaker Series
08 November 2010
A large crowd filled the Caspary Auditorium at Rockefeller University, October 26, to honor Mary Robinson and hear her speak. The occasion was the inaugural event in the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre's Mary Robinson Speaker Series. John Ruggie, UN Special Representative on Business & Human Rights was joined by Lucas Benitez, Co-Director of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and Alexandra Guáqueta, head of human rights at Cerrejón Coal (Colombia) and a member of Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, in praising Mary Robinson's work...

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IHRB submission to HRC on US
04 November 2010
On 5 November, the U.S. government will make its first formal presentation of its human rights record under the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN in Geneva...

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Radio Interview with Salil Tripathi
26 October 2010
Carlo Tognato, Director of the Center for Social Studies (CES) at the National University of Colombia interviews Salil Tripathi, Director of Emerging Issues of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, in a radio program called Postscriptum...

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Keynote Address by Irene Khan at Mandate Consultation with Civil Society by SRSG
13 October 2010
In June 2011, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for business and human rights (SRSG) will present to the Council for its consideration, Guiding Principles for the operationalization of the UN “Protect, Respect and Remedy” framework...

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10th International Conference of National Human Rights Institutions
08 October 2010
Scotland is the host of the 10th International Conference of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), which takes place at the Scottish Parliament from 8 - 10 October 2010...

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BLIHR Report: Companies taking a rights-aware approach to development
21 September 2010
Business Leaders' Initiative on Human Rights (BLIHR) Between 2003 and 2009, 16 companies came together at different times under the banner of the Business Leaders Initiative on Human Rights (BLIHR) to examine and learn how to operationalise international human rights principles in their day-to-day operations...

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UN General Assembly declares access to clean water and sanitation is a human right
29 July 2010
Safe and clean drinking water and sanitation is a human right essential to the full enjoyment of life and all other human rights, the General Assembly declared Wednesday, voicing deep concern that almost 900 million people worldwide do not have access to clean water...

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Trafigura found guilty of exporting toxic waste
23 July 2010
A Dutch court has found multinational Trafigura guilty of illegally exporting toxic waste from Amsterdam and concealing the nature of the cargo...

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Tata, IOC in global list of cos with human rights policy
18 July 2010
Having a stated human rights policy is no longer a matter of choice, but a business imperative for an increasing number of companies around the world. And in the Indian context, it’s just right that two of the country’s largest and respected companies—the Tata Group and Indian Oil—have made it to the list of 270 companies worldwide to have adopted a human rights policy statement, according to a report released at a recent UN business summit in the US...

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Two important reports published this week to coincide with UNGC Summit in New York
Updated: 28 June 2010 | Posted: 22 June 2010
The Institute for Human Rights and Business has launched two important reports to coincide with the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit that took place in New York from 24-25 June...

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How the Global Compact can better address human rights
27 April 2010
The Institute for Human Rights and Business will soon release a human rights review of the Global Compact. In a contribution to Ethical Corporation, Mary Robinson asks for stakeholder ideas as to how the Compact may become better attuned to human rights concerns...

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Second Regional Forum on the Prevention of Genocide
16 March 2010
The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) took part in a panel on the role of non-state actors at the second regional forum on the prevention of genocide [3 pages, 147kb] in Arusha, Tanzania, on March 3-5, 2010...

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Uzbek cotton multi-stakeholder meeting
01 March 2010
On April 7th 2010, the Institute for Human Rights and Business and the Responsible Sourcing Network (a new project of As You Sow), in partnership with Anti-Slavery International and Boston Common Asset Management, will convene a meeting in Brussels to address forced child labour in Uzbekistan’s cotton sector...

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Exchange Forum - A Discussion with Irene Khan
25 February 2010
Irene Khan, who recently left Amnesty International after eight-and-a-half years as its secretary general, outlined her vision of demanding dignity and protecting the rights of the poor, in a wide-ranging conversation at the second Exchange Forum hosted by the Institute for Human Rights and Business in London on Feb 22...

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Human rights due diligence will be vital for companies
01 February 2010
Sir, The Vodafone website states that it had “no legal or practical option” other than to close down its mobile network in Egypt (the largest in the country) over recent days and to “comply with the demands of the authorities”...

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IHRB mourns the loss of Nick Howen
28 January 2010
All of us at the Institute for Human Rights and Business mourn the loss of Nick Howen who passed away on 26 January 2010...

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Roundtable on Migrant Labour in the Apparel Sector in Mauritius
26 January 2010
On 25 January 2011 the Institute convened a multi-stakeholder roundtable in Mauritius as part of our Business and Migration programme to promote the responsible recruitment and employment of migrant workers in apparel supply chains...

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Roundtable: Protecting Migrant Workers in the Supply Chain
22 January 2010
The Business and Migration Initiative, a partnership programme of the Institute for Human Rights and Business and the International Business Leaders Forum, is co-hosting a roundtable 'Protecting Migrant Workers in the Supply Chain' with the Ethical Trading Initiative...

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Facing the Facts on Care Workers in the UK
13 January 2010
The BBC recently highlighted the plight of migrant workers in the care industry and discussed the role of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) in the UK as one of the foremost models globally of regulating low-wage labour providers...

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