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Covid-19, Business and Human Rights: Challenges and Behavioral Strategies (Analytical Note)

This document proposes to consider the balance of business and human interests in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Updated BHR Country Guide for Belarus

This guide helps you quickly understand the topic of “business and human rights” and provides a basic toolkit for introducing proper approaches to business processes and government regulation.

How Can Businesses Impact Human Rights?

This concise table includes a summary list of internationally recognized human rights, provides a short explanation of each right, and offers examples of how business activities could impact the right.

Doing business with respect for human rights

‘Doing Business With Respect for Human Rights’ is a comprehensive guide designed for companies of all sizes, sectors and geographies. It is intended to equip readers with practical advice and real-life examples that help to translate the high-level expectations in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights into concrete action.

Organizing the Human Rights Function Within a Company

This UN Global Compact good practice note examines different models for how companies assign responsibility for human rights within the company, and compares relative merits of each model.

Respecting Trade Union Rights in Global Value Chains: Practical Approaches for Business

This resource seeks to equip companies with practical ideas and tools for taking action, in order to help close the gap between commitment and practice.

Nationalism, xenophobia and authoritarianism: How should business respond to these rising trends?

Businesses operating in such countries don’t seem to be concerned with human rights records of authoritarian governments, remaining silent, feigning ignorance or at worst helping authorities in their crackdown.

When government fails to protect human rights, business can play a critical role: The case of Bulgaria

As practice shows, companies are more inclined to respect human rights when governments fulfil their duty to protect and hold companies accountable for abuses. However, business can play an important role when governments fail to protect human rights and international institutions choose not interfere when abuses take place.

Company inaction contributing to human rights abuse in Belarus

Belarusian activists reached out to a large number of Western companies engaged with the Belarus Government urging them to take immediate action. Despite this direct link, most companies remained silent.

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SLAPPd: the Armenian activists fighting a mining multinational’s lawsuits

SLAPPd: the Armenian activists fighting a mining multinational’s lawsuits

Strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP) used by Lydian international, the tax haven listed mining company, against journalists and civil society as it presses forward with the Amulsar gold mine in Armenia, whilst the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development has stood by silently.  

Europe’s Green and Digital Decade could be a raw deal for people and the environment in Serbia

Europe’s Green and Digital Decade could be a raw deal for people and the environment in Serbia

The European Commission walks a tightrope with the EU Green Deal. Despite the long-term objectives of achieving a circular economy and reducing resource use, it plans to increase raw materials mining. A planned lithium mine in Serbia, opposed by local communities, is a poignant example of this tension.  

Appeal to Business by Belarusian Human Rights Organisations in Connection with the Human Rights Crisis in Belarus

Appeal to Business by Belarusian Human Rights Organisations in Connection with the Human Rights Crisis in Belarus

The presidential election held in Belarus on August 9th, 2020 was marked by unprecedented atmosphere of fear and intimidation. Repressions against those expressing alternative opinion began almost immediately after the start of the election campaign and have not stopped ever since.

Human Rights Impact Assessment Guidance & Toolbox

Human Rights Impact Assessment Guidance & Toolbox

A useful tool for due diligence, human rights impact assessment analyses the effects that business activities have on rights-holders such workers, local community members, consumers and others. HRIA follows a human rights-based approach, which integrates human rights principles such as non-discrimination into the assessment process.

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