What the OHCHR’s Accountability & Remedy Project Adds to the Treaty Discussions

In June 2014, the Human Rights Council raised some eyebrows by creating not just one, but two parallel processes on corporate accountability in human rights-related cases.  The first process, set out in Resolution 26/9 called for the establishment...

Increasing Access to Business Practice is Key to Scaling Respect for Human Rights

Finding effective ways to talk about human rights with colleagues is a common challenge confronted by practitioners working in companies to drive implementation of respect for human rights. 

Whether these discussions happen within one’s immediate...

Realising Ethical Recruitment by Remediating Worker-Paid Recruitment Fees

At the end of November 2017, droves of company executives, human rights specialists, and diplomats from around the world will travel to Geneva to attend the UN Forum for Business and Human Rights. The theme of the conference this year is “Realizing...

20 November 2017

Commentary by Nikhil Eapen, India Director, Equidem Research

International Arbitration of Business and Human Rights Disputes - Answers to Key Questions

International arbitration uses private arbitrators to resolve disputes of many kinds that arise between parties from different countries. The parties must consent to its use and they participate in the selection of the arbitrators.  Could it be used...

01 September 2017

Commentary by Robert C. Thompson

Caveat Emptor – Why Companies Should Avoid Tendering for Offshore Refugee Processing

In a remote corner of the Pacific Ocean, the Australian government has created an island of despair, where refugees fleeing persecution are trapped and live in appalling conditions, while companies are awarded lucrative contracts to manage their...

Where have the UN Guiding Principles Taken Us and Where Do We Go Next? 

On June 16, 2016, IHRB and the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) co-organised a commemorative event to mark the five-year anniversary of the unanimous adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs)....

Who should assess complaints under the OECD Guidelines – civil servants or independent experts?

A lot of faith has been placed on National Contact Points (NCPs) as a non-judicial remedy. But can this be justified when those assessing complaints tend to be government officials with a background in trade and business, rather than human rights...

Fulfilling the Forgotten Pillar: Ensuring Access to Remedy for Business and Human Rights Abuses

Access to remedy featured strongly on the agenda of the Fourth Annual United Nations (UN) Forum on Business and Human Rights. This is a good sign, but also a recognition that one of the greatest challenges within the business and human rights agenda...

15 December 2015

Commentary by Sarah Mcgrath

On International Human Rights Defenders’ Day

International human rights defenders’ day, which we observe today, is a moment of sobering reflection. Peaceful, non-violent human rights defenders are being prosecuted, convicted, and jailed in some cases, and intimidated, tortured, and sometimes...

A Proposal for an International Arbitration Tribunal on Business and Human Rights

We have attended many forums, conferences and seminars where participants are desperately asking why, after years of endless high-level rhetoric, there is no access to justice for victims of corporate abuse of human rights – a disgrace to society.


21 July 2015

Commentary by Claes CronstedtRobert C. Thompson

Update on OHCHR “Accountability and Remedy Project”: Online Consultation Process Seeks Stakeholder Views

Last week, on 1 May, we reached an important milestone in the OHCHR Accountability and Remedy Project, with the launch of the global “Open Process” online consultation. This online consultation is the main process through which we aim to gather...

05 May 2015

Commentary by Jennifer Zerk

Social Impact Bonds For Factories In Bangladesh

This op-ed was published on on March 24, 2015.

The two main initiatives established in response to the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh, where nearly 1,200 garment workers lost their lives from a factory collapse, are wrestling...

24 March 2015

Commentary by Motoko Aizawa

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