Category Extractive Industry – Oil and Gas

Young Public International Law Group (YPILG)

http://www.ypilg.com/ I’ve recently joined a new and dynamic group of young lawyers practising in different areas of public international law. The launch event at the FCO in November presented a diverse and enthusiastic group of young practitioners, and it was with pleasure that I attended their second event at Essex Court Chambers on Tuesday. We were asked […]

Thoughts on Burma/Myanmar #CHEvents

I listened to President U Thein Sein address a packed crowd at Chatham House last night regarding the future of Burma/Myanmar. The event was not short on pageantry, nor on protest, both of which we now come to expect during a visit from an acting head of state. The contrast between the motorcade of BMW […]

OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct #OECDrbc

I’ve just returned from Paris, where I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct hosted by the OECD. Conferences offer a great opportunity to assess the state of play of business and human rights, and this one showed that the momentum around implementation of the OECD Guidelines on Multinational […]

Human Rights in the Oil and Gas Sector

Last night I attended a panel event hosted by Clifford Chance discussing human rights, and specifically the UN Guiding Principles, in the oil and gas industry. I was yet again impressed by the amount of uptake the Guiding Principles have received thus far, and much credit is due to the handful of dedicated industry and civil society […]

Making the case for human rights and business: more than just CSR

One of the key observations I’ve made while surveying the extractive companies listed on the Forbes Global 2000  is that the concepts of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and human rights tend to get conflated, if not totally confused. This is unsurprising insofar as my own business model is built around the fact that many companies are […]

Which industries are embracing the responsibility to respect human rights?

Businesses in every industry have a responsibility to respect human rights. However, certain sectors face more pressing challenges than others, and in an effort to focus on these areas John Ruggie (acting in his capacity as the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises) submitted […]