In 2011 the UN Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights. These 31 principles are based on three key principles; the duty of states and enterprises to protect and respect human rights and the possibility of legal remedy in the event of human rights violations. One of the principles in relation to this is that Companies should undertake human rights due diligence assessing human rights impacts not just in their own activities, but should also linked to wider impacts of their operations and activities. ... →
The NGOs Sherpa and the ECCHR (European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights) have filed a criminal complaint against the French group Lafarge. The world’s leading cement producer and its Syrian branch Lafarge Cement Syria (LCS) is accused of having maintained business relations with the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS)- and thus supporting terrorist activities- as well as complicity in war crimes, endangerment of people and forced labour. ... →
On 22.September 2015, Greenpeace Southeast Asia and Philippine typhoon survivors drafted a petition requesting that the Philippine Human Rights Commission investigate the responsibility of carbon majors concerning climate change. Amnesty International, Attac and further organizations also signed the complaint.
Man-made climate change originates from decades of high greenhouse gas emissions, which were mainly pushed forward by the economic interest of oil, gas, cement and coal companies. ... →