Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

It’s Friday iStock_000011057325XSmalland time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring.

This week’s post includes: a new report on the state of corporate human rights reporting; the passage of a shareholder resolution on climate change at Occidental Petroleum; and the latest Ministerial Declaration from the Labour and Employment Ministers of the G20.

  • On May 10, the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre announced the relaunch of its Modern Slavery Registry, a database of statements made by companies pursuant to the requirements of the UK Modern Slavery Act. The registry currently includes 1975 statements by companies representing 27 industry sectors. The redesigned registry now includes functionality allowing companies to submit statements for inclusion.
  • On May 18-19, the Labour and Employment Ministers of the G20 met in Germany following six months of engagement regarding decent work in global supply chains. The Ministerial Declaration issued at the conclusion of the meeting included commitments to take “immediate and effective measures” to eradicate modern slavery, forced labor, and human trafficking in global supply chains, citing Sustainable Development Goal 8.7.  The Declaration also reaffirmed a collective commitment to the UN Guiding Principles and stated that the Ministers were committed to promoting due diligence and transparency in global supply chains in part by communicating clearly their expectations for business.

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