Guest blogger Bjorn Fasterling describes a recent French law that obligations French companies to take human rights challenges into account. When assessing the implementation of the law by companies, it will be important to focus on whether it goes beyond a bureaucratic compliance and whether it extends beyond a low risk of liability regime.
Building on the successful outcome of the 2016 event, the Second Business and Human Rights Young Researchers Summit took place on 6-8th April in St Gallen, Switzerland. New participants, new contributions, yet the same drive: setting up an interdisciplinary discussion among a group of emerging scholars in the business and human rights discipline.
In times of regulatory rollback, limited resources, and an ever-growing list of corporate human rights abuses, fine-tuning our understanding of private governance mechanisms is more important than ever. How can the experiment of regulation through MSIs be safeguarded from a premature death in a politically hostile environment?
Human rights challenges pose serious reputational and operational risks for corporations. Are business schools adequately preparing graduates to manage these matters?
Monday, April 24 marks the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory tragedy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. More than 1,100 people were killed and more than 2,500 injured when the eight-story factory complex collapsed. The Accord and Alliance programs have one year left in their collective efforts to make the Bangladeshi garment industry safe and sustainable. What have they have achieved to date and what remains to be done?
The Trump administration's intention to sell new weapons to Saudi Arabia, ignores the human rights abuses happening in those countries and fail to meet a standard articulated by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at his confirmation hearing in January.
As Sarah Labowitz approaches her last day at the Center, she reflects on three challenges and opportunities in the business and human rights field.
March 8th is international women’s day. There’s a growing body of research affirming that women with strong mentors enjoy fast-track success at work. Ana Fels’ book is a great read on this subject, as is this Harvard Business Review about the role of men who champion women’s leadership. They both conclude that attaining equality in the work place will require those with the most power (white guys, I’m looking at you) to use that power to elevate colleagues who don’t look like them.
At yesterday's White House press briefing, Scott Spicer equivocated when asked what the national employment rate is, asserting there are "several versions." It is not the first time the Bureau of Labor Statistics has been disputed - Francis Perkins took President Hoover on in 1932. Frances Perkins is a model for leadership when the stakes are high and facts are being used as political bait: deeply expert, politically bold, and unafraid to speak truth to power.
In a world where every worker owns a cell phone and international NGOs can launch campaigns in a matter of hours, corporations can no longer hide business practices that are perceived as unacceptable.