Evolving Paths of Business and Human Rights – A Snapshot of the Second Business and Human Rights Research Summit

Building on the successful outcome of the 2016 event, the Second Business and Human Rights Young Researchers Summit took place on 6-8th April in St Gallen, Switzerland. New participants, new contributions, yet the same drive: setting up an interdisciplinary discussion among a group of emerging scholars in the business and human rights discipline.

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Endangered Species: Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives in the Trump Administration

Endangered Species: Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives in the Trump Administration

In times of regulatory rollback, limited resources, and an ever-growing list of corporate human rights abuses, fine-tuning our understanding of private governance mechanisms is more important than ever. How can the experiment of regulation through MSIs be safeguarded from a premature death in a politically hostile environment? 

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Four Years After Rana Plaza, New Research Brief Spotlights Lagging Progress on Workplace Safety

Four Years After Rana Plaza, New Research Brief Spotlights Lagging Progress on Workplace Safety

Monday, April 24 marks the fourth anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory tragedy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. More than 1,100 people were killed and more than 2,500 injured when the eight-story factory complex collapsed. The Accord and Alliance programs have one year left in their collective efforts to make the Bangladeshi garment industry safe and sustainable. What have they have achieved to date and what remains to be done? 

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On International Women’s Day – Mentorship

On International Women’s Day – Mentorship

March 8th is international women’s day. There’s a growing body of research affirming that women with strong mentors enjoy fast-track success at work. Ana Fels’ book is a great read on this subject, as is this Harvard Business Review about the role of men who champion women’s leadership. They both conclude that attaining equality in the work place will require those with the most power (white guys, I’m looking at you) to use that power to elevate colleagues who don’t look like them.  

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Press Conferences and Labor Statistics

Press Conferences and Labor Statistics

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.

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Assessing FIFA’s Progress Since the Ruggie Report

Assessing FIFA’s Progress Since the Ruggie Report

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. 

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