Rare minerals are key ingredients of industrial production. Their extraction is finite, but the demand for them rises constantly. The provision of rare minerals are high on the political agenda of the European Union and Austria. However, the extraction of such minerals is often connected with massive negative social and environmental consequences. The report "More Human Rights in the Rare Minerals Supply Chain" analyses several mechanisms of human rights protection in minerals extraction.
Human Rights in Development Cooperation and Business
With a high-rank conference at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts in Brussels, the four-year EU research project FRAME celebrated its formal completion on 26 April 2017. Taking a broad approach, FRAME has analyzed the promotion of human rights in all areas of EU external and internal policies and has developed detailed policy recommendations.
Karin Lukas will talk on 28. Juni 2017 at 10:30 about "Key decisions and findings from annual conclusions by the European Committee of Social Rights which are of interest to forcibly displaced persons".
Karin Lukas, Vice-President of the European Committee of Social Rights, held a presentation on 8 March 2017 at the European Parliament. She discussed the protection of social rights in the EU and by the Social Charter and identified possible tensions. As an example, she talked about austerity measures in Greece and their impact on social rights. Watch now the video of the full panel discussion. Karin Lukas' presentation starts at 2:08.
Whilst many of us would agree that human rights are more important than corporate profits, the reality is often different; such realities as child labour and environmental destruction caused by corporate activities make this patently clear. Recognising that balancing human rights and business interests can be problematic, Corporate Accountability considers the limits of existing complaint mechanisms and examines non-judicial alternatives for conflict resolution.
As part of the FP7-project FRAME, the University of Leuven, the Copenhagen Business School and the University of Sevilla jointly organised a conference on business and human rights on 20 and 21 October 2016.
The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights submitted a statement concerning the draft amendments of the Austrian Commercial Act. By the amendments, the EU Directive on non-financial reporting should be implemented. Companies fulfilling certain criteria will have to publish non-financial reports. These reports also have to discuss measures of the company in relation to respect for human rights. BIM’s statement tackles the question to which extent suppliers have to be covered in the report.
Karin Lukas is giving a lecture about „Women Workers: International and Regional Mechanisms for their protection“ at the Policy Dialogue Forum of the research programme Appear. (Further information will follow.)