At yesterday's White House press briefing, Scott Spicer equivocated when asked what the national employment rate is, asserting there are "several versions." It is not the first time the Bureau of Labor Statistics has been disputed - Francis Perkins took President Hoover on in 1932. Frances Perkins is a model for leadership when the stakes are high and facts are being used as political bait: deeply expert, politically bold, and unafraid to speak truth to power.
In a world where every worker owns a cell phone and international NGOs can launch campaigns in a matter of hours, corporations can no longer hide business practices that are perceived as unacceptable.
In October, the international football governing association FIFA released a report entitled FIFA 2.0: Vision for the Future. It is not clear from the FIFA 2.0 report — or from other public statements — whether FIFA has made meaningful progress toward any of Ruggie’s recommendations.
As an undergraduate student Kimi Rodriguez struggled to fit her aspirations of pursuing a private sector career with a significant social impact – “doing well while doing good” – with the realities of the job market. She talks about how her fellowship at PepsiCo was exactly what she was looking for - the opportunity to work in an influential multinational company and help shape their global human rights strategy.
My Fellowship provided the experience that I had been looking for: a look into the details of how international supply chains specifically impact people in many different companies around the world, and what it takes to manage this supply chain.
Last month’s criminal verdict against researcher Andy Hall and attempts to suppress an Amnesty International report have the very real potential to stifle vital research and activism on labor rights when conditions for workers are getting worse.
Jeff Sybertz, MBA 2, shares his 'non - traditional' NYU Stern story, giving insights gleaned from his time as a NYU-USCIB summer fellow working at New Balance.
The Center for Business and Human Rights recently completed a research mission to Bangladesh and India focused on the recruitment of migrant construction workers bound for nations in the Arabian Gulf region. Early findings point to the need for companies operating in the Gulf to look at ways in which their own policies might contribute to cycles of debt entered into by many migrant workers.
With a brutal terrorist attack on July 1, cyber theft of $101 million of Bangladesh’s assets through the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in February, and a deadly factory collapse that killed more than 1,100 workers in its powerhouse apparel sector in 2013, Bangladesh is looking like a potential trouble spot for the U.S. Here are three issues that should be on the agenda as Kerry lands in Dhaka on Monday.
At the end of June, the U.S. State Department released its annual Trafficking in Persons Report which indicates that “Ghana is a source, transit, and destination country for women, men, and children” affected by human trafficking. The State Department’s findings on Ghana are an important reminder for advocates, companies, and governments that human trafficking in fishing is a global problem.