When dealing with the issue of human rights abuses related to businesses, we are often faced with the question where the responsibility of the state ends and that of a corporation begins. This dilemma has stimulated a critical debate that, after a long period of preparation, led in 2011 to agreements being made by the international community in the form of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). These guidelines present an outline of the state’s obligations, i.e. the ‘duty to protect’, and of corporate responsibilities, namely the ‘responsibility to respect’. The UNGPs (...)
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Press release - Companies required to report on environmental and social impacts - compromise reached on EU reform
26 February, by
Brussels, 26 February, 2014 – A last minute compromise deal between EU Member States and the European Parliament negotiators means that listed companies will for the first time be required to report on key human rights and environmental issues, including within the supply chain  , if the law is adopted later by the Parliament’s plenary and the Council.
The compromise has been welcomed as a timid step forward by the European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) – a broad coalition representing NGOs, consumer groups, trade unions and academics, who have been urging legislative reform (...)
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