Launch of "BHRinLaw" Website to Track State Initiatives on Corporate Accountability and Access to Remedy
Are National Contact Points Improving Through Peer Review?
Recognizing that NCPs can facilitate access to remedy in cases of corporate misconduct, the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), Accountability Counsel, and OECD Watch researched whether the peer review process is really improving the effectiveness of NCPs overall. While our qualitative analysis is still ongoing, we have thus far found many ways in which the NCP peer reviews can be improved.
ICAR Submits Letter to Senate Committee on Finance on Kevin McAleenan’s Confirmation Hearing
Washington, D.C. (July 12, 2017) - ICAR submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance calling on committee members to clarify Kevin McAleenan's position and strategy for enforcing the Tariff Act's forced labor provision during his confirmation hearing to serve as the Commissioner of United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Supreme Court to Decide Whether Corporations Immune to Human Rights Suits
Today, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) begins its fall session. On the docket is Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC, which is scheduled to be heard on October 11. 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 and is key to holding corporations accountable.
Lawmakers, experts examine path forward for corporate accountability on human rights
OTTAWA / September 28, 2017 - Legislators and experts from Canada, the U.S. and Europe are gathered in Ottawa today to review governments’ progress on protecting human rights within the context of transnational business.
Bringing Responsibility Home – Embedding the Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights into Canadian Law
As policy experts from around the world gather in Ottawa tomorrow to discuss the role of home states in ensuring business respect for human rights, a central question will be how Canada can emerge as a leader in this rapidly evolving field.
It is a critically important time to have this conversation. As the push for corporate accountability faces setbacks in the United States, Canada may hold the key for legislative progress in North America on business and human rights.