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Oct

5

October 5, 2020

Human Rights: The Future of Human Rights Due Diligence: Legislation and Regulation for a Level Playing Field

The Future of Human Rights Due Diligence: Legislation and Regulation for a Level Playing Field

In the first of a three-part series, this blog focuses on the current landscape of mandatory human rights due diligence (HRDD) and disclosure requirements and the push toward a more universal approach.

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Sep

14

September 14, 2020

Human Rights: Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change: A Call For Action to Build Resilience Post-COVID

Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change: A Call For Action to Build Resilience Post-COVID

On the commemoration of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), we recognize that there is still much to be done to prevent, mitigate, and remedy the current and forthcoming adverse impacts of climate change to which Indigenous Peoples are particularly vulnerable.

#Climate Change #Human Rights #Inclusive Economy

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Sep

10

September 10, 2020

Human Rights: A 21st-Century Social Contract Must Include a Just Transition to a Net-Zero Economy

A 21st-Century Social Contract Must Include a Just Transition to a Net-Zero Economy

We need to enact large-scale systemic changes to combat global climate change—and as the transition to a net-zero GHG emissions economy takes place, we need a social contract that addresses the impact on workers and their communities, especially those facing systemic inequities.

#Climate Change #Human Rights

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Sep

4

September 4, 2020

Human Rights: How Healthcare Companies Can Meet the Moment and Respect Human Rights

How Healthcare Companies Can Meet the Moment and Respect Human Rights

In a world where both a return to normalcy and our ability to weather future crises depends in large part on innovation in the healthcare sector, healthcare companies, particularly those in the pharmaceutical industry, have a crucial role to play in ensuring respect for human rights throughout their own operations, supply chains, and business relationships.

#BSR Conference #Healthcare #Human Rights

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Aug

19

August 19, 2020

Human Rights: Respecting the Rights of Vulnerable Groups

Respecting the Rights of Vulnerable Groups

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the most vulnerable and marginalized have been and will continue to be the hardest hit amid increasing infection rates and deepening economic recession. BSR has released a primer, featuring a three-step approach on how companies can identify vulnerable groups, including BIPOC, and respect their rights in the context of COVID-19.

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Jul

24

July 24, 2020

Human Rights: When It Comes to Racial Justice, the Business and Human Rights Community Can Do More

When It Comes to Racial Justice, the Business and Human Rights Community Can Do More

Since the tragic killing of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter (BLM) has received an unprecedented wave of support from all facets of society as people call for an end to racial injustice. This is not just an issue confined to the United States—this is a global human rights imperative.

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Jul

21

July 21, 2020

Human Rights: Key Ways Business Can Still Support Women’s Reproductive Rights Following SCOTUS Decisions

Key Ways Business Can Still Support Women’s Reproductive Rights Following SCOTUS Decisions

Corporate policies can provide a bulwark against the erosion of access to reproductive healthcare, helping to protect and strengthen the new social contract between business and society that the 21st century demands.

#Healthcare #Human Rights #Womens Empowerment

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Jul

9

July 9, 2020

Human Rights: Why Worker Data Protection Should Be Central to a 21st-Century Social Contract

Why Worker Data Protection Should Be Central to a 21st-Century Social Contract

Data protection is rarely discussed during dialogue about the need for a new social contract. However, the existing social contract was developed in the pre-digital world, not today’s data-rich environment, and a modern social contract must address a whole host of new risks and opportunities arising from how employee data are collected, shared, and used.

#Human Rights #Information and Communications Technology #Social Contract

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Jul

1

July 1, 2020

Human Rights: Why Modern Slavery Risks Should Be Top of Mind for Businesses during COVID-19

Why Modern Slavery Risks Should Be Top of Mind for Businesses during COVID-19

Through our work addressing modern slavery across supply chains, we have observed an alarming uptick in business actions during the COVID-19 pandemic that may lead to more individuals being forced into conditions of modern slavery, or on the brink thereof.

#Human Rights #Inclusive Economy #Supply Chain

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Jun

24

June 24, 2020

Human Rights: The Business Role in Creating a 21st-Century Social Contract

The Business Role in Creating a 21st-Century Social Contract

2020 has demonstrated powerfully the importance of a fully functioning social safety net, public health systems, and global collaboration. Reforms to the social contract are clearly needed to protect public health, economic security, and the right of all people to participate fully in society.

#Climate Change #Human Rights #Inclusive Economy #Supply Chain #Sustainability Management #Womens Empowerment

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