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Businesses have an important role in mitigating climate change and its impacts on human rights by reducing or preventing emission of greenhouse gases.  Steps companies can take include improving energy efficiency of their operations and shifting from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

A growing movement of NGOs, foundations, and universities is calling for divestment from fossil fuels, to speed a transition to less-polluting forms of energy.

The following are key investigations & reports related to responsibility of fossil fuel companies:

Philippines CHR investigation | UCS score companies

Subcritical Coal | Digging Deeper: Human rights impacts of coal

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9 August 2017

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9 August 2017

Germany: Transition to renewables & phasing out of coal needs clear social & environmental measures

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18 July 2017

Members of US business org IECA disagree with its stance against Paris Agreement

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17 July 2017

Transition to renewable energy could lead to development of cartels around critical materials supply chains, research paper finds

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16 July 2017

NGOs urge Disney, Gap, Pepsi to stop US Chamber of Commerce participation given conflict with climate promises

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12 July 2017

G20 Leaders' Declaration reaffirms commitment to Paris Agreement despite US withdrawal; action must follow to increase energy access

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11 July 2017

Australia: Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights recommends national action plan on business & human rights and increased climate action

During its periodic review of Australia, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights expressed concern about the lack of a regulatory framework to ensure that Australian companies respect economic, social, and cultural rights, both at home...

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29 June 2017

Top global banks lend billions to extract fossil fuels

Author: Fiona Harvey, The Guardian (UK)

Some of the world's top banks are continuing to lend tens of billions for extracting the most carbon-intensive fossil fuels, according to a report of top lenders [by Rainforest Action Network, Banktrack, Sierra Club, Oilchange International.]...The...

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26 June 2017

A Fast and Fair Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy

Author: Equitable Origin (USA)

[At] the American Renewable Energy Institute's (AREI)...14th annual American Renewable Energy Day summit in Colorado...Equitable Origin's CEO, Soledad Mills...highlighted key insights from the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre's Investor...

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