Blog article originally published by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre as part of their Reflections on the Zero Draft blog series on the proposed binding treaty on business and human rights.
In March, the European Commission proposed legislation that aims to prevent European companies’ mineral purchases from financing conflict or human rights abuses. Mgr. Maroy, Archbishop of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), visited Brussels and spoke about whether EU legislation can bring changes for the good of humanity. (Article in EN - FR - DE)
On 17-18 March, CIDSE partner organizations joined a regional dialogue in Bogotá, Colombia on national government action plans on business and human rights. The discussion came a week after a meeting of governments in Geneva hosted by Ecuador, concerning an initiative to strengthen international instruments to prevent business involvement in human rights abuses.
Mobile phones, computers, cars: three everyday products that contain minerals sourced outside Europe. Do consumers know of the links between conflicts and minerals?
On 2-4 December, the United Nations held its Forum on Business & Human Rights, in Geneva. The event gave occasion to take stock of progress in international efforts to end human rights abuses caused by business activity.
This policy briefing takes examples of concrete situations on the ground, it argues that if effectively implemented, human rights due diligence can help to prevent and address human rights abuses.
A new report outlining existing instruments and available options for States to meet their duty to ensure corporations are not contributing to human rights violations was presented on Monday 3 December at the United Nations in Geneva.