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    Over half of European Companies Listed on CAC 40, DAX 30 and FTSE 100 Associated with Human Rights Harm
    21 October, by European Coalition for Corporate Justice

    Brussels, London, Paris, Berlin, Tuesday 21st October – In the last ten years, almost half of the companies listed on Europe’s three main stock exchanges have been identified in concerns or allegations about human rights-related harms, according to new research launched today by the Brussels-based NGO network, the European Coalition for Corporate Justice.
    Allegations include:
    Claims that European banks financed projects which contributed to large-scale deforestation in Indonesia;
    Claims that aggressive buying practices contributed to serious health and safety breaches in Bangladeshi (...)


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    The EU’s business? Ensuring remedy for corporate human rights abuses
    14 October, by European Coalition for Corporate Justice, Frank Bold

    Event hosted by MEP Richard Howitt, 12th November 2014 in the European Parliament in Brussels. Register HERE before the 29 October.
    In 2011, the UN Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, including the third pillar on the need for greater access for victims to effective remedy. However, despite the official support given by the European Union and its Member States to the full implementation of the UN Guiding Principles, a recent study published by ECCJ, CORE, and ICAR has shown that the existence of legal, procedural, and (...)


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    Business and human rights on the EU agenda: new hopes for progress?
    15 September, by European Coalition for Corporate Justice

    Several initiatives at EU and national levels will ensure that the coming months will be busy on the business and human rights front.
    A major one is the European Commission’s public consultation on the future European strategy on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which closed on the 15th August. The analysis of the results will be the basis for discussions in the upcoming European Forum on CSR which will gather States, business, consumers, trade unions and NGOs in February 2015. Although ECCJ has concerns that the business and human rights strategy risks of being treated as just (...)


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    National Action Plans UNGPs: an assessment
    15 September, by European Coalition for Corporate Justice

    Despite delays and weaknesses – both on process and content – the development of National Action Plans (NAPs) to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human rights (UNGPs) by governments is seen by ECCJ and its members as an important way to push governments to do a robust assessment of the gaps, identify options and initiate concrete measures which can be monitored in the future. Europe is seen as a frontrunner, and the first 3 released plans (UK, Netherlands and Denmark) seem to be taken as examples by other countries . However assessments of our members have shown many (...)


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