Climate Dialogues

Climate change & human rights: Blog series on the role of business

Climate change is one of the greatest human rights challenges of our time.  It has enormous consequences for the rights to life, health, housing and food, and will cause widespread displacement. 

This blog series puts a spotlight on the role of business in addressing the human rights impacts of climate change.  Experts have contributed on topics including:

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CONTRIBUTIONS

 

Climate change as a business & human rights issue

Climate Change and Human Rights Law: Where We Are Now

The application of human rights norms to climate change is a wave in the law that is building rapidly.  Corporations should make sure that they are ahead of the curve.

John H. Knox, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment

 

 Why companies need to see climate change as a human rights issue

Bringing human rights into the center of climate discussions would reinforce the call on states and businesses to step up their game. 

Eniko Horvath, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

 

 

Companies' climate justice responsibilities

Paying for climate change in supply chains

If clothing brands can be held responsible for the compensation of workers in their supply chains, why not food & agriculture companies for climate impacts on farmers?

Irit Tamir & Tim Gore, Oxfam

 

 

Making A Killing: Who Is Paying The Real Costs Of ExxonMobil’s Climate Deception?

The UN Guiding Principles state that corporations must respect human rights. Yet the fossil fuel industry is fueling climate change, and has failed to prevent or remedy its human rights impacts.

Keely Boom, Executive Officer, Climate Justice Programme

 

Addressing climate impacts across value chains

As a global food company, our most effective contribution to fighting climate change is working with growers, suppliers, customers and industry partners to reduce climate impacts together.

John Church, Executive Vice President – Supply Chain, General Mills, Inc.

 

Going beyond Numbers: Energy Poverty and Coal

Turning our backs on coal and embracing renewables is not only a matter of well-being that needs to be justified by numbers or science—it is most simply, a matter of right.

Krizna Gomez, Dejusticia

 

Transparency standards should include climate risks

Rigorous disclosure requirements and increased transparency are vital to reclaim the space for citizens to be able to demand climate justice.

Lili Fuhr, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung & Simon Taylor, Global Witness

 

Climate justice litigation

Why the Philippines could set a climate liability precedent

The Philippines has suffered greatly from the adverse effects of climate change despite its limited contributions to it. It could soon establish liability for major climate change contributors.

Zelda dT Soriano, Greenpeace Philippines

 

 Liability for Climate (In)action: Who will be next?

Governments can and will be held liable for failing to adequately regulate the fossil fuel industry and thus prevent further climate harms.

Alyssa Johl, Center for International Environmental Law

 

Time to secure climate justice

Lawyers around the world are spurring the search for justice for people affected by climate change.

Jennifer Gleason, Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

 

Role of investors

Will ignoring climate change and human rights concern investors?

Long-term Investors increasingly see the benefit of addressing climate change & human rights risks now to safeguard returns in the future.

Paul Chandler & Felicitas Weber, UN Principles for Responsible Investment

 

The role of investors in re-channelling corporate influence in climate change

Investors should be on the front line of efforts to challenge corporate lobbying weakening climate policies that serve public interest.

Catherine Howarth & Juliet Phillips, ShareAction

 

The law can catalyse a shift away from high-risk carbon investments to low-carbon ones

The days of considering climate change as a discretionary investment concern are over. The law requires us to go further.

Natalie Smith, ClientEarth