Our 2013 highlights and 2014 plans - please consider supporting our work
It has been a busy and productive year for Business & Human Rights Resource Centre – below are just a few highlights and plans for the future. If you have found our free website, Weekly Updates or other aspects of our work useful and informative, please consider making a contribution to the Resource Centre's work. We are a small non-profit organization, and donations of every size make a difference! Here are details on how to donate online and by mail.
A few highlights:
- Just one example of our impact: in Hong Kong, we helped Friends of the Earth push Royal Caribbean to switch to low-sulphur oil – Hong Kong has long suffered from extreme air pollution with serious health impacts. This was just one of hundreds of companies that we sought responses from about human rights concerns this year.
- We provided cases and guidance materials in Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, helping them empower advocates of business and human rights around the world. These included details from adidas, Anglo American, Microsoft and Rio Tinto, and the UK and Spanish Government, on how they are implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
- We held the 5th event in our Mary Robinson Speaker Series: "The Rana Plaza Disaster in Bangladesh - Taking Stock Half a Year On", with Bangladeshi labour rights advocate Kalpona Akter and others – videos here.
- The Resource Centre was awarded the 2013 Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights – speeches and video here.
- We launched our first regional briefings on Latin America & Caribbean (in English & Spanish), and Middle East & North Africa (in Arabic, French and English) which got major press, and social media coverage in the region.
- We successfully transitioned to our new Executive Director Phil Bloomer in September, who succeeded our Founding Director Christopher Avery on his retirement.
Among our exciting plans for 2014:
- Recruit our first regional researcher covering Japan, Korea and parts of the Pacific.
- Launch a new, user-friendly website with new capabilities for social media and multimedia integration; and dedicated landing pages, navigation and increased content in seven languages.
- Undertake missions to support and publicise the concerns of victims and local advocates, and progress companies are making, including to Armenia, Brazil, Egypt, Guinea, Liberia, Myanmar, Tanzania.
- Use international sporting events to draw greater attention to business & human rights issues, for example, in Brazil (2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games), Russia (2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi) and Qatar (2022 FIFA World Cup).
Please do not hesitate, as always, to get in touch with material for our website and Weekly Updates: our work is not possible without you.
The Global Team and Board of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre wish you all the best for 2014. Our normal Weekly Updates will resume on 2 January.
From all of us at Business & Human Rights Resource Centre:
UK: Elodie Aba, Phil Bloomer, Eniko Horvath, Mauricio Lazala, Danielle McMullan, Irene Pietropaoli, Lee Rodwell, Lakshmi Samarakoon, Daniel Vince-Archer Brazil:Julia Mello Neiva Colombia:Amanda Romero Hong Kong: Lowell Chow India: Harpreet Kaur Kenya: Joseph Kibugu Lebanon: Rania Fazah Myanmar: Bobbie Sta. Maria Senegal: Aliou Diouf South Africa: Khanya Mncwabe Ukraine: Ella Skybenko USA:Joanne Bauer, Gregory Regaignon, Annabel Short, Patty Surak, Sif Thorgeirsson
Board: Christine Bader, Sumi Dhanarajan, Peter Frankental, Heather Grady, Kirsty Jenkinson, Chris Jochnick, Menno Kamminga, Ulf Karlberg, Chris Marsden, Ed McKinley, Tanya Peterson, Hanna Roberts, Mila Rosenthal, Amahl Smith, Ashwini Sukthankar, Anne Travers
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