Let’s unpack the updated OECD Guidelines! In June the OECD released significantly updated text for the OECD Guidelines for Multinationals Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct. In June 2023, the OECD released significantly updated text as part of the OECD...
Report “Transparency, codes of ethics and relationship between NGOs and business” available now also in Polish and Russian
There is an increasing pressure on NGOs to diversify the sources of their funding and to take into account cooperation with the business sector. At the same time, it is expected of NGOs to remain independent, transparent and to operate in such a way that is consistent...
How (not) to do Business and Human Rights in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Case Studies
“How (not) to do Business & Human Rights in Central & Eastern Europe and Central Asia” – a collection of 15 case studies from 8 countries in the region (Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, North Macedonia, Poland and Ukraine) is now available...
Report: Status of implementation of UNGPs on Business and Human Rights in Europe & Central AsiaReport:
The progress in implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) is uneven in Europe and Central Asia and challenged by ongoing socioeconomic, humanitarian, and conflict-related crises. The Scoping Study commissioned by UNDP Istanbul...
EIB investments in Central & Eastern Europe’s hydropower sector linked to environmental & social impacts, report alleges; incl. bank’s statement
The European Investment Bank has financed a series of damaging hydropower projects since 2010 which underline the need to tighten its environmental and social standards, according to a new report published by CEE Bankwatch Network and EuroNatur.
Two award-winning activists discuss their campaigns against controversial hydropower projects in North Macedonia and Georgia.
This profile on North Macedonia includes information on: collective and individual employment relations, health and well-being, pay, working time, skills and training, and equality and non-discrimination at work.
State Obligations to Regulate and Adjudicate Corporate Activities under the European Convention on Human Rights
This study examines State obligations to prevent and redress corporate-related human rights violations under the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
Report documenting digital rights violations in Central & Southeastern Europe during the COVID-19 pandemic finds censorship and media manipulation
In the report, BIRN and Share Foundation conclude that technology, especially in a time of crisis, should not be seen as the solution to complex issues, be that protection of health or upholding public order and safety. Rather, technology should be used to the benefit of citizens and in the interest of their rights and freedoms.
The position of human rights defenders (HRDs) in the Western Balkans is increasingly precarious. Across the region, HRDs and organisations, as well as independent media outlets, are prone to intimidation, threats, smear campaigns, digital and physical attacks, and an overall disregard by national authorities.