Category Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Fifth Annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

It’s that time of year again – the business and human rights community’s annual pilgrimage to the Palais des Nations in Geneva. What happens in those hallowed halls? Reports were launched, ideas were shared, and connections were made – but what meaningful progress can we speak about now, five years on from the adoption of […]

The Power of Public Outrage

I’ve been pleased to witness a palpable uptick in media coverage on business and human rights issues in the last few months. The current furore over the Panama Papers demonstrates the widespread outrage most citizens feel when confronted by corporate wrongdoing. This is the case even when the actions in question may not be illegal; […]

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 […]

Thoughts on Kiobel/Cerrejón mine in La Guajira, Colombia

This week has been a big one in the world of corporate accountability, with the release of the US Supreme Court opinion in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum on Wednesday. I encourage my fellow lawyers (and anyone else) to read the opinion, and also to peruse some of the thoughtful commentary on what happens next. In terms […]

Stories of Resistance

I had an interesting evening at Amnesty International on Monday, attending a panel event hosted by the London Mining Network.  Having recently attended a handful of events which have focused on telling the corporate side of the story, it was a welcome contrast to hear from local activists about the impacts of mining activity on their communities. […]

New EU Study Released

The European Commission has just released a fascinating study analyzing a sample of EU companies to determine whether they have made any public reference to the core international standards related to CSR. I encourage anyone with an interest in business and human rights to read the results, which are succinct, clear, and sometimes surprising. For […]

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 […]