UN Sustainable Development Goals

Channelling Sir Geoffrey Chandler on the History and Future of Business and Human Rights

I write from Tokyo this week where I am honouring a longstanding commitment to address business and human rights issues. But there is nowhere in the world I would rather be today - professionally or personally - than with you at the Bonavero...

06 December 2018

Commentary by Bennett Freeman

When Leaders Talk About Collective Action at the UN this Week They Should Not Forget Human Dignity

This week, heads of state from around the world - with some notable exceptions – have made their annual pilgrimage to New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

Global leaders face a host of real time geopolitical challenges, from North...

20 September 2017

Commentary by John Morrison, Chief Executive, IHRB

The Infrastructure We Don’t Want - OECD Infrastructure Advice to the G20

This commentary was originally published on the Heinrich Böll Foundation website

As global growth has stalled over the last few years, the Group of 20 countries (G20) has made infrastructure investment a centerpiece of its policy work, expecting...

08 June 2016

Commentary by Motoko Aizawa

Five Things that can Promote Transparency in Public-Private Partnerships

This article was originally published on Heinrich Böll Foundation North America.

Transparency is an important but easily overlooked agenda in the mix of challenges facing Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) that aim to tackle a range of development...

12 November 2015

Commentary by Motoko Aizawa

Human Rights or the Way of the Dodo?

Make your choice now for a better world by 2030.

In September this year, world leaders rallied in New York to sign off on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This is a good plan – but it requires a step-change. And the greatest leap must...

12 November 2015

Commentary by Allan Lerberg Jorgensen

How to make the SDGs a reality? Create more pre-competitive space

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be endorsed by world leaders in New York this week, represent a unique opportunity for greater global prosperity – but only if businesses and governments know when to stop competing and...

25 September 2015

Commentary by John Morrison, Chief Executive, IHRB

Business and the SDGs: How Can We Deepen Scale and Impact?

This article was originally published on BusinessFightsPoverty.org

The role of the private sector in realizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is widely recognized. What remains unclear is how exactly business should contribute most...

21 July 2015

Commentary by John Morrison, Chief Executive, IHRB

The Post-2015 Agenda Needs to Set its Private Sector Priorities

Last week the Hungarian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade hosted the 7th Annual Budapest Human Rights Forum. The event brought together a diverse group of participants to discuss a range of pressing issues.  

These included preventing mass...

25 November 2014

Commentary by Haley St. Dennis, Head of Communications, IHRB

Time for a Grown-up Approach to Tax Justice

Tax dodging has become a big issue in the public debate about business responsibility, recently topping the list of concerns in the UK, ahead of discrimination, supply chain labour standards and human rights. A group of British MPs are calling for...

13 December 2013

Commentary by Maya Forstater

Making Public-Private Partnerships Work

This op-ed was originally published on Thomson Reuters Foundation News channel trust.org.

A full agenda awaits business executives, government officials and civil society representatives attending next week’s U.N. Global Compact leaders summit in...

11 September 2013

Commentary by John Ruggie, Patron, IHRB