The Way Ahead for a UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights

February 28, 2019

We still have a very limited understanding of the impacts businesses have on human rights worldwide. It has been just over a month since the Brumadinho dam, operated by the Brazilian minerals form Vale, collapsed, killing at least 171 people, with a further 141 still missing. In the wake of what...

When It Comes to Human Rights, Zero Is Better than Nothing

October 01, 2018

Contrary to what its unflattering title suggests, this "zero draft" marks a key milestone in the effort to bring about a UN treaty on business and human rights. Squeezing a “zero draft” out of nearly four years of intense negotiations may seem like a meager, if not slightly ironic,...

When Business Meets Human Rights

December 05, 2017

Most companies are still coming to grips with what their corporate responsibilities mean in practice when it comes to human rights. As November drew to a close, the Palais des Nations, the UN headquarters in Geneva, prepared to shake off the seasonal gloom by welcoming once again the UN Forum...