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Brazil-UK briefing for House of Lords debate on forest risk commodities

A new briefing from Client Earth, “Endorsing the end of the Amazon: Critical weaknesses in the UK Government’s proposed forest risk commodities framework and how to fix them”, has been released in advance of the House of Lords debate on Forest-risk commodities this Wednesday, 15th September 2021. Prepared with the input of Brazilian organisations and...

Open Letter to the UK Prime Minister on World Amazon Day 2021

A coalition of NGOs, Indigenous Peoples’ groups, scientists and academics is urging the Prime Minister to act on tropical deforestation and human rights abuses. In Brazil, the Congress is currently considering new legislation that would legalise illegal land grabbing in the Amazon. Such destruction of the Amazon has dire implications for the Amazon’s Indigenous peoples...

Protecting our common home: Land and environmental human rights defenders in Latin America

A new report from Cafod, describes current human rights abuses faced by land and environmental human rights defenders across six countries in Latin America: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras and Peru. It highlights key issues facing land and environmental Human Rights Defenders and demonstrates that these issues are not isolated but form a pattern of...

Making Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence Work for Homeworkers

New Briefing from Homeworkers Worldwide UK discusses how the situation of precarious women workers such as homeworkers is carefully considered by policy makers when translating human rights due diligence into law. This includes some of the risks that such legislation could create and consideration of how best to ensure its impact is positive.

Laying the Track: The Race to Zero – The role of investors in addressing the just transition

Shareaction’s new COP26 briefing sets out how investors are addressing the just transition. The investment sector is at the very beginning of getting to grips with one of the of most significant challenges of our time: how to transition to a low-carbon economy while respecting and protecting the rights and interests of workers, communities, consumers...

EU law. Global impact. labour exploitation and forced labour.

A new briefing and report from Anti-Slavery International, Cividep India and Repórter Brasil considers the potential impact of human rights due diligence laws in the EU on labour exploitation and forced labour. The European Commission will soon publish a proposal for an EU business and human rights law that would require companies operating in the...

Joint Statement: United Nations Guiding Principles ten-year anniversary

A decade ago this month, the United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously welcomed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). The UNGPs set out an authoritative framework for state duties and business responsibilities towards fulfilling human rights. They highlight the essential role that access to remedy can play in providing justice to...

Demanding accountability: Strengthening corporate accountability and supply chain due diligence to protect human rights and safeguard the environment

Household names including Nestlé, PepsiCo, Wilmar and Unilever and associated global financial institutions and investors continue to ‘turn a blind eye’ to human rights abuses in their palm oil supply chains, finds a new report compiled by TuK INDONESIA, PUSAKA, Walhi, and Forest Peoples Programme. The report highlights systemic social and environmental problems that continue...

Stepping up: Protecting collective land rights through corporate due diligence

New human rights due diligence legislation and practices should result in positive human rights outcomes for all rightsholders. To assist policymakers and businesses in understanding key elements of effective due diligence on collective land rights, FPP has published a new guide – Stepping Up: Protecting collective land rights through corporate due diligence. The guide incorporates lessons learned from decades of experience...