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  • Protect, Respect and Remedy: Businesses’ role in upholding Human Rights?

    A recent post from my colleague Jonathan Banco regarding UNCTAD‘s (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) push to standardize CSR metrics reminded me of another United Nation’s initiative that sought to establish a framework to reduce governance gaps and subsequently reduce adverse human rights consequences of transnational corporations.  What has happened to the “Protect, […] More

  • Don’t Take Charity At Face Value….It Sometimes Funds Terrorism

    Even though in its pure definition, the word ‘charity’ connotes positivity and humanitarianism, in a world of increasing doom and gloom, one cannot always assume that this is the case. The New York Times has published an article talking about the detainment of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the founder of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the charity that fronts for the militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba. More

  • Will Business Ever Take Human Rights Seriously?

    The UN Global Compact has a whole basketful of detractors. This is not surprising: like anything emanating from UNHQ in Manhattan it is unwieldy and slow moving, and often seems to work against itself. Recently it hit back at these critics and got tough by introducing “integrity measures”. These resulted in over 20% of its […] More