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Business & Human Rights: Trans-national NHRI cooperation between Colombia and Germany

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Author: Deniz Utlu, Jan-Christian Niebank

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March 2017

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Assessing Human Rights Risks and Impacts
Perspectives from corporate practice

This publication provides an insight into the corporate practice and experience of companies in assessing human rights risks and impacts. It is not a general guide, nor does it attempt to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the approaches in question. The examples and lessons learned are presented from the perspective of the companies concerned. They were selected with a view to providing an overview of several different approaches used by companies to assess human rights risks and impacts.
The examples describe only one element of the full range of human rights due diligence measures implemented by each company. They do not represent an endorsement of the overall performance of the company in question in the field of human rights.

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Publisher: UN Global Compact and the Global Compact Network Germany, Twenty Fifty Ltd., German Institute for Human Rights

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July 2016

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Menschenrechtliche Risiken und Auswirkungen ermitteln
Perspektiven aus der Unternehmenspraxis

Diese Broschüre erläutert die Anforderungen an menschenrechtliche Folgenabschätzungen und Risikoanalysen durch Unternehmen, welche sich aus den Leitprinzipien für Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte der Vereinten Nationen ergeben. Fünf Fallbeispiele bieten Einblicke in die unternehmerische Praxis und verdeutlichen die Möglichkeiten für Unternehmen, die Wahrung der Menschenrechte in ihren Tätigkeiten zu gewährleisten.

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Publisher: Herausgeber: Deutsches Global Compact Netzwerk, Twenty Fifty Ltd., Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte

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February 2016

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aktuell 08/2015: Germany's Accession to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

The German Institute for Human Rights requests the German Parliament to postpone  the ratification of the accession to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The first proposal for the environmental and social standards of the AIIB, circulated in September 2015, as well as the consultation practice so far do not meet the human rights sophistication required of a multilateral development and investment bank; the information and disclosure policy has yet to be written. Germany’s Bundestag should seize the op-portunity of AIIB accession to create transparency and reporting requirements for Germany’s participation in the framework of multilateral organizations and to anchor the necessary pro¬cedures and instruments into national law for the first time.

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Author: Andrea Kämpf

ISSN: 2190-9121 (PDF)

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January 2016

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Comments on the AIIB’s Draft Environmental and Social Framework dated 3rd August 2015

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is scheduled to start operations January 1st 2016. Like "classic" development banks, the AIIB will dispose over Environmental and Social Standards, which are supposed to ensure that its financing doesn't cause or further environmental or social harm. AIIB's interim secretariat has opened a draft of the future environmental and social framework for consultation. The German Institute for Human Rights has contributed to this process with a submission.

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Publisher: Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte


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October 2015

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aktuell 3/2015: Sustainable Development Goals. An opportunity for the realisation of human rights in and by Germany

In September 2015, the Heads of State and Government of all UN Member States will gather in New York to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are intended to result in sustain able advancements in economic, social and environmental issues. Unlike the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the SDGs will apply to all countries equally. This means that the SDGs need to be implemented through German foreign and development policy, but also and especially in Germany itself, in policy areas such as education, poverty and employment. Which opportunities do the SDGs offer for politics and society in Germany? This issue of "aktuell" offers information on the current stage of the debate and makes proposals for how human rights can facilitate the SDG process and how the SDGs can in turn help realize human rights.

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Author: Julia Kercher, Claudia Mahler

ISSN: 2190-9121 (PDF)

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June 2015

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Transnational Cooperation in Business and Human Rights. A model for analysing and managing NHRI networks

The paper presents the state of the art of cooperation among National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) within the area of business and human rights and highlights perspectives for further development. The results are drawn from consultations with NHRIs in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. In addition to providing practical guidance, the paper develops a model for a general network strategy adapted to the needs of NHRIs and dealing with transnational business and human rights issues. However, the model may also be used by civil society organizations.

Authors: Christopher Schuller, Deniz Utlu


ISBN 978-3-945139-43-1 (PDF)
ISBN 978-3-945139-44-8 (Print)

44 p.

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December 2014

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Business and Human Rights – The Role of National Human Rights Institutions

This report presents developments in the business and human rights agenda with a focus on the specific role of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI), it lays a focus on the Berlin Action Plan on Business and Human Rights. A stocktaking of worldwide NHRI action in this field is also included.

ISBN 978-3-942315-91-3 (PDF)

32 p.

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August 2014

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Austerity and Human Rights in Europe - Perspectives and Viewpoints from Conferences in Brussels and Berlin 12 and 13 June 2013

The documentation of the conference organised by the German Institute for Human Rights and the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) on the 12th and 13th of June 2013 in Brussel and Berlin explores the cutbacks on civil, political, but also economic, social and cultural rights in Spain, Greece and Ireland, as a result of austerity measures being implemented. Through context specific analyses and expert discussions, the need for making these measures human rights conform and for promoting cooperation between European National Human Rights Organizations is made evident.

Authors: Des Hogan, Francisco Fernández Marugán, Alan Miller, Ingrid Müller, David Poyser, Deniz Utlu, Michael Windfuhr


ISBN: 978-3-945139-00-4 (PDF)
ISBN: 978-3-945139-01-1 (Print)

36 p.

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April 2014

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A Model Human Rights Clause for the EU's International Trade Agreements

The study considers the implications of the Guiding Principles and how they might be implemented in practice. "States must protect against human rights abuse". Thus begins the first of the UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, adopted unanimously by the Human Rights Council in June 2011. The adoption of the Guiding Principles represents a moment of global consensus that states must shape their trade and economic policy in a way that consistently protects human rights. They must take appropriate steps to "prevent, investigate, punish and redress" human rights violations caused by economic activity. The Guiding Principles deal explicitly with international trade and investment agreements and make clear that states are expected to consistently fulfill their obligation to protect human rights across all these areas.

Author: Lorand Bartels


ISBN 978-3-945139-02-8 (PDF)

44 p.

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February 2014

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Jahresbericht 2012

Die Nationale Menschenrechtsinstitution Deutschlands stellt in Interviews, Gesprächen, Berichten, Porträts und Kommentaren die thematischen Schwerpunkte seiner Arbeit im Jahr 2012 vor. Lesen Sie mehr zu Deutschlands Abschneiden im UPR-Verfahren in Genf und wo die Vereinten Nationen Verbesserungspotenzial für die Menschenrechte in Deutschland sehen, wie das Deutsche Institut für Menschenrechte Deutschlands internationale Verpflichtungen mit Amicus-Curiae-Stellungnahmen in laufenden Verfahren stärker zur Geltung bringt und welche Rolle die Gerichte bei der Umsetzung der UN-Behindertenrechtskonvention spielen.

Herausgeber: Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte


ISBN 978-3-942315-68-5 (PDF)
ISSN 1869-0564 (PDF)

55 S.

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Annual report

October 2013

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