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28 January 2010

[PDF] Summary of study into the legal liability of Dutch parent companies for subsidiaries’ involvement in violations of fundamental, internationally recognised rights

Author: Professor A.G. Castermans, Leiden Univ. & deputy judge at The Hague district court; Dr. J.A. van der Weideans and Dr. J.A. van der Weide, Leiden Univ., for Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands

This report describes the questions a Dutch civil court will ask in assessing the liability of a Dutch company for involvement in the violation of fundamental, internationally recognised rights. It focuses more specifically on the liability of a Dutch...

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27 January 2010

Financial Reform:Making the Human Rights Case

Author: Mary Dowell Jones, Research Fellow at the Institute for Human Rights and Business

In announcing his financial reform proposals last week, US President Barack Obama pledged: “never again will the American taxpayer be held hostage by a bank that is too big to fail.”…Preventing future massive build ups of risk right across the world’s...

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25 January 2010

[DOC] CSR-Initiative Launches BASESwiki 2.0 - Online Dispute Resolution Website Becomes a Community Wiki

Author: BASESwiki - initiative of UN Special Representative John Ruggie

BASES, or Business and Society Exploring Solutions, recently re-launched its online dispute resolution wiki, vastly improving upon the resources and usability of the website. BASESwiki 2.0 is driven by a new set of community tools built to facilitate...

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25 January 2010

[University of Washington] Hosts Business and Human Rights Discussions

Author: University of Washington School of Law

The [University of Washington] School of Law will host a major public event on business and human rights on Friday, February 12 from 3:30 - 5 p.m., featuring a panel of leading attorneys who have represented victims in human rights litigation against...

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20 January 2010

[PDF] Closing Governance Gaps: Application of the U.N. “Protect, Respect, Remedy” Framework - Expert Multi-Stakeholder Consultation

Author: prepared for mandate of UN Special Representative John Ruggie

The expert multi-stakeholder consultation on 20 January 2010 in Berlin convened representatives from government, business, and nongovernmental organizations that have already attempted to implement or apply some aspect of the UN “Protect, Respect,...

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12 January 2010

UN Special Representative John Ruggie: New page added to online consultation forum - see "effectiveness" (of human rights due diligence) under "elaboration"

Author: UN Special Representative on business & human rights

Having the components of human rights due diligence in place is necessary but not sufficient to meeting the corporate responsibility to respect human rights; there must also be guidance to support the effectiveness of those components...[Examples...

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1 January 2010

Sherpa submission to John Ruggie outlining concept of "sustainable contracts"

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1 January 2010

[PDF] Closing the Governance Gaps - Submission to the UN “Protect, Respect, Remedy” Framework – Expert Multi-Stakeholder Consultation Berlin, January 2010

Author: Oxfam Australia

This submission to the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) for Business and Human Rights is a contribution to the Expert Multi-Stakeholder Consultation to which we were invited but are unable to attend...Our advocacy work has a...

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1 January 2010

[PDF] Conference Report: Protect, Respect, Remedy – a Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) (Stockholm, 10–11 Nov 2009)

Author: Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs

The ‘Protect, Respect, Remedy’ conference was held in Stockholm on 10 and 11 November 2009 as part of the Swedish Presidency of the European Union. The aim of the event was to examine the ways in which the United Nations Framework on business and...

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1 January 2010

[PDF] Regulating Canadian mining companies abroad: The 10-year search for a solution

Author: Madelaine Drohan, The Economist, Policy Brief No. 7, Centre for International Policy Studies, University of Ottawa

The federal government has struggled for 10 years to come up with a mechanism to ensure that all Canadian mining companies respect and support economic, environmental and social human rights in their operations abroad… the government has come forward...

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