Business and Human Rights in Southeast Asia
- 2014: AICHR released its Baseline Study for Corporate Social Responsibility and Human Rights In ASEAN.
- 2016-2018: AICHR worked with ASEAN CSR Network to develop a Regional Strategy on CSR and Human Rights in ASEAN. Many groups raised vital comments and suggestions for or against the evolving draft.
- 2018: ASEAN CSOs released a statement urging AICHR to develop a code of conduct for constructive dialogues on regional action plans on business and human rights
Business and Human Rights News from the Region
- June 9-11, 2020, Asia-Pacific United Nations Virtual Forum on Responsible Business and Human Rights: New Challenges, New Approaches.
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