The Swiss Federal Council rejected the ‘Responsible Business Initiative’ submitted in October 2016

On September 15, 2017 the Swiss Federal Council has rejected the popular Initiative for Rsponsible Business, submitted last year by collecting more than 120.000 signatures of Swiss citizens.

The following documents are now available: the Press Release by the Federal Council (in Italian); the original statement of the Federal Council; a related briefing and a detailed report both authored by the Swiss Coalition for Responsible Business (in French).

Advertisements

Registration open to the 2017 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

The registration to the 2017 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights that will be held in Geneva from 27 to 29 November is now opened!

This year there will be the possibility for all the IG Members to take part in the UN Forum as ESIL IG delegation, by confirming their participation by October 2nd, 2017 via email at: bordignon.hrci@gmail.com. An informal meeting of the IG will take place back-to-back to the UN Forum at the University of Geneva.

We really look forward to meeting you in Geneva!

IG Annual Workshop “Public Values and Public Goods: How do They Live in the Intersection of Finance and Human Rights?” – Naples, September 6, 2017

The IG on International Business and Human Rights is glad to invite all its members and other people engaged to Business and Human Rights to attend the IG Annual Workshop organized back-to-back to the 13th ESIL Annual Meeting Global Public Goods, Global Commons and Fundamental Values: The Responses of International Law”, that will take place in Naples on 7–9 September, 2017. The Workshop – titled “Public Values and Public Goods: How do They Live in the Intersection of Finance and Human Rights?” – will be held at the Department of Law, University of Naples Federico II, on September 6 at 3 pm. The event will be followed to the IG Meeting.

Despite the centrality that the principle of State sovereignty still holds in contemporary international law, the financial crisis has drawn attention to the role of financial and market actors in relation to human rights. The workshop will address the implications of instruments ranging from the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) to the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change in international financial law. The objective will be to show how global public values and fundamental values coexist in financial markets.

The programme is already avaiable: IG BHR Workshop 2017 Naples  

International Conference “Business and Human Rights: International Law challenges, European responses”, University of Milan – May 29-30, 2017

On May 29-30, 2017 the International Conference “Business and Human Rights: International Law challenges, European responses” will be held at the University of Milan (Italy). The conference is coordinated by prof. Angelica Bonfanti, Department of Italian and Supranational Public Law of the University of Milan and member of the ESIL IG on International Business and Human Rights, and co-funded by the EU Erasmus+ Programme.

The event will address the main topics arisen in the field of Business and Human Rights, such as the UNGPs implementation, the human rights due diligence, the access to remedy and corporate accountability.

Registration is possible by May 20th, 2017 by writing at: EUlawbusinesshumanrights@unimi.it

International Conference “Business and Human Rights – secure corporate freedom to human rights’ respect”, Milan May 4, 2017

The International Conference “Business and Human Rights – secure corporate freedom to human rights’ respect” will take place at the University of Milan (Italy) on May 4th, 2017. the event is co-organized by Mani Tese (the Italian partner of ECCJ), Human Rights International Corner (HRIC) and Direct, a Research Centre of the University of Milan.

The event will address both the main theoretical and practical issues related to Business and Human Rights. Simultaneous translation in English will be provided.

FRA’s Opinion on “Improving access to remedy in the area of Business and Human Rights at EU level”

On April 10, 2017 the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights – basing on a request of the Council of the EU – has published the opinion on access to remedy in the context of Business and Human Rights.

The document is available here.

EU Parliament adopted the new Regulation on Conflict Minerals

The EU Parliament, after 2 years and half od debate, finally adopted the new binding law on confict minerals on March 16, 2017.

The official webpage on ‘combatting conflict minerals’ provides more information about the topic.