NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights Comments “UNGP Reporting Framework – Guidance Part II: Assurance of human rights performance and reporting”

The NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights responds to Human Rights Reporting and Assurance Frameworks Initiative's request for comments on the UNGP Reporting Framework – Guidance Part II: Assurance of human rights performance and reporting, encouraging more rigorous standards applicable to each sector.

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NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights Comments on the FAR Case

The NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights welcomes the proposal by DoD, GSA, and NASA to amend the United States Federal Acquisition Regulation’s (FAR) Subpart 22.17, entitled Combating Trafficking in Persons, and the associated clause 52.222-50, in order to further clarify the FAR’s definition of “recruitment fees.” We also appreciate the opportunity provided to the public by the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council and the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council to submit early input in this pursuit.

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Bangladesh Terror Attack Highlights Security Concerns, Threats to Citizens, Country’s Economy

The hostage attack heightens security concerns while presenting a serious threat to the economy. The fashion industry has been a boon to Bangladesh’s economic growth, but this kind of attack will surely keep buyers away in the months leading up to the holiday shopping season. Five million workers depend on jobs in the readymade garment sector. This attack has the potential to jeopardize Bangladesh’s developing economy and the prosperity of its people, which only exacerbates an economic environment in which homegrown extremism can take root.”

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First Textbook on Business and Human Rights Aims to Close the Educational Gap for Next Generation of Leaders

In a global economy, multinational companies often operate in jurisdictions where governments are either unable or unwilling to uphold even the basic human rights of their citizens. As part of its work to educate the world’s future business leaders, the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights today released the first comprehensive, interdisciplinary textbook on the human rights challenges facing businesses – and how to approach solutions. 

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NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights letter to President Obama regarding the U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

As it finalizes its own National Action Plan, Michael Posner and Sarah Labowitz encourage the President to include meaningful changes to US policies and practices that set a new standard for government action to advance efforts by businesses to respect human rights.

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NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights second response on its Bangladesh research to the Penn State Center for Global Workers Rights and associated scholars

Sarah Labowitz and Dorothée Baumann-Pauly welcome ongoing interest in the Center's research on the apparel supply chain in Bangladesh and invite other scholars to help develop a research agenda that increases transparency across the apparel supply chain, in Bangladesh and other apparel exporting countries.  They focus on the need for creative thinking about the solutions that will be required to meet the challenges of a more complex and distributed supply chain. 

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NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights response to Penn State Center for Global Workers' Rights Bangladesh research critique

"Undoubtedly, the facts we have presented over the last two years are uncomfortable. They reveal that existing solutions to address poor working conditions in the apparel supply chain do not hold up, especially for workers beyond the first tier of direct suppliers. You correctly identify our conclusion that the comprehensive evidence we have gathered over more than two years points to the need for 'a fundamental rethinking of existing efforts, and reallocation of resources to address the massive number of workers that…are not covered by any existing safety program.'"

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After Another Factory Fire in Bangladesh, Urgent Need for New Solutions to Address Factory Safety

“The fire at Matrix Sweater is a stark reminder that factory safety issues haven’t been solved in Bangladesh, even in those factories that directly supply foreign fashion brands. This fire is also a reminder that paying to fix factories is as important as inspecting them. It is not enough to identify deficiencies. Factory owners and brands are locked in a stalemate over the costs of remediation that should be urgently resolved."

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NYU Center for Business and Human Rights resigns its membership in the Global Network Initiative

After significant consideration, we have decided to withdraw our membership from the GNI. The board’s vote on the terms of an agreement to admit the Industry Dialogue companies in March 2017 and today's announcement that seven of the ID companies have accepted does not set GNI on a strong course for the future, at a moment when addressing issues of human rights in the technology sector is more pressing than ever.

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NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights comments on the extension of the Reporting Requirements for Responsible Investment in Burma

Sarah Labowitz and Michael Posner advocate for the continuation of of the Reporting Requirements for Responsible Investment in Burma, by asserting the requirements are necessary for the proper functioning of the State Department and other federal agencies in their advocacy for a fair, rules-based global economic order. 

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As Another Factory Collapses Killing, Trapping Workers, Root Causes of Bangladesh’s Human Rights Crisis Remain Unsolved

“Today's collapse of a cement factory is an indication of the almost total absence of government oversight within the manufacturing sector. As in the garment sector, more transparency and oversight are needed to make workers safe and prevent this kind of tragedy."

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