Julia Planitzer published an article on obligatory reporting and transparency in supply chains in the new VIDC's newsletter 'Spotlight'. In her article (in German, available here) she discusses whether enhanced transparency by obligatory reporting can prevent labour exploitation in supply chains.
Human Rights and Business
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.
The EU-funded research project 'Human Rights in Business' explored judicial and non-judicial remedies within the EU to hold companies domiciled in a Member State liable for human rights violations for which they or their subcontractors are responsible, wherever the damage might have occurred. The project team formulated answers to the question how parties concerned by human rights violations, may they directly or indirectly be caused by corporate actions, are able to receive judicial remedy and compensation.
How can victims of a fatal fire in a textile factory in Pakistan claim compensation from the main client of the textile factory, a huge clothing discounter in Germany? Are there alternatives to going to court? To which extent can companies be held liable for exploitation of workers? BIM’s Social Justice-Team works on these questions. Joining different expertise in the Social Justice-Team led to several recent research outcomes, which we are happy to present to you.
Corporate Accountability - The Role and Impact of Non-Judicial Grievance Mechanisms
Authors: Lukas, Karin; Linder, Barbara; Kutrzeba, Astrid; Sprenger, Claudia
Publisher: Edward Elgar, 2016
Julia Planitzer publishes in the most recent issue of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights (NQHR) an article on obligatory reporting by corporations and its potential to prevent trafficking in human beings.
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.