Commodities

Colloquium on Policy, Law, Contracts and Sustainable Investments

14 March 2014

By Margaret Wachenfeld, Managing Director, Themis Research; Senior Research Fellow, IHRB, Motoko Aizawa

Colloquium

In March 2014, the Institute for Human Rights and Business and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment co-convened a Colloquium on Policy, Law, Contracts, and Sustainable Investments.

The Colloquium focused on mapping out efforts to embed sustainability and human rights in extractives and large-scale agricultural and land deals, with a particular focus on what is being negotiated and included in contracts.

Participants discussed:

  • the kinds of provisions that are being asked for or offered and included, or that are explicitly avoided in extractive, agricultural, or other land contracts;
  • how in practice such provisions are applied and implemented;
  • the kinds of policies, laws and regulations available or needed to obviate the use of some of the ad hoc provisions; and
  • the balance between contractual provisions and policies, laws, and regulations.

This Colloquium also provided the opportunity to assess the current gaps in efforts to embed sustainability and human rights in extractives / agricultural / other land deals, and to brainstorm on what needs remain unfulfilled.

Latest IHRB Publications

Which Companies are Serious About Human Rights?

We are beginning to know which companies are serious about human rights as the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark issues its first Progress Report one year on from last year’s pilot.

There is evidence that the ranking is motivating change with a...

17 May 2018

Commentary by John Morrison, Chief Executive, IHRB

Progress on Embedding Human Rights within Commonwealth Sports Policy

Last month in Queensland, Australia, the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games delivered the first multi-sport event to offer an equal number of medals for both men and women, and featured the largest integrated sports programme in Commonwealth Games...

Is Human Rights Advocacy Off Track?

Is the international human rights movement in crisis? Have leading human rights advocates focused too much on “naming and shaming” states into respecting civil and political liberties at the expense of strategies that could ensure greater social...