Swiss Responsible Business Initiative rejected despite securing a majority of the popular vote

by Zaineb Ali, Universal Rights Group Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Blog, Blog

On Sunday 29 November, the day of the referendum for the contentious and hard-fought Swiss Responsible Business Initiative (RBI), human rights expert Dick Marty stated , ‘if victory doesn’t come today, it will certainly come tomorrow.’ In the end, although the RBI won a majority of the popular vote, 50.7%, it failed to secure the majority of cantonal votes required to pass …

Business and human rights: ‘building back better’ from COVID-19

by Cathy Sun, Universal Rights Group Asuntos contemporáneos y emergentes, Blog, Blog

As the ongoing COVID-19 crisis lays bare deep socioeconomic divisions that plague even some of the wealthiest States around the world, the crucial role that businesses have in ensuring the enjoyment of human rights by all is brought into ever stronger focus. While governments have struggled with the balancing act of enacting restrictive emergency measures to contain the spread of …

Empresas, derechos humanos y corrupción.

En mayo de 2018, URG publicó un informe de políticas públicas que demostró por primera vez (utilizando evidencia empírica) que la corrupción tiene impactos negativos significativos en el disfrute de los derechos humanos y que, por el contrario, la mejor manera de prevenir la corrupción es fortalecer el respeto por, y la promoción y protección de los derechos humanos (es …