Category United Nations

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; […]

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 […]

What is the riskiest country in the world to do business?

I have only recently stumbled across the work of Maplecroft, which I find infinitely fascinating. While most of their work product requires a subscription to access (understandably), last week The Guardian republished their Global Political Risk Atlas which provides an excellent at-a-glance view of risks based on conflict, terrorism, enforced regime change and resource nationalism in the […]

Origins

My interest in corporate accountability and the application of human rights to business enterprise began while I was in law school in San Francisco. As part of an incredible internship at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, I researched, wrote, and presented reports on migrants’ rights. One of the issues that caught my […]