Areas of Focus in 2017:
ICAR launches new project on "Robots and Rights"
The International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) is pleased to announce the launch of a new project--Robots and Rights: The Impacts of Automation and Mechanization on Human Rights.
In recent years, the “future of work” has been a topic of heated debate and speculation. As automation and mechanization continues to develop through robotics and artificial intelligence, difficult questions arise regarding the broader impact of these advancements on jobs, workers, and wages. With automation and mechanization advancing into sectors where the traditional workforce was built upon manual human labor, inquiries into the impacts of robots on rights must be addressed.
Human Rights, Labor, and Responsible Investor Groups Call on the Supreme Court to Put People Before Profit
ICAR, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the petitioners in Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC, which is scheduled to be heard at the United States Supreme Court in the fall.
The case will determine whether the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) can provide an avenue to deliver justice to victims of corporate harms. The ATS permits non-Americans to sue for international human rights abuses.
Follow the Thread: The Need for Supply Chain Transparency in the Garment and Footwear Industry
ICAR is pleased to announce the publication of "Follow the Thread: The Need for Supply Chain Transparency in the Garment and Footwear Industry," which was developed by a coalition of 9 organizations, including ICAR.
This report comes just ahead of the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse disaster in Bangladesh. It calls for companies to adopt the Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Transparency Pledge. The Transparency Pledge draws upon existing good practices of global apparel companies and sets a floor, not ceiling, for supply chain transparency.