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Allen & Overy publishes fifth issue of The Business and Human Rights Review

08 November 2017

How do business and the legal profession protect human rights? The fifth edition of The Business and Human Rights Review is published by Allen & Overy’s Human Rights Working Group.
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As the trend towards increased regulation and scrutiny of companies’ human rights impacts continues, the Review brings together diverse voices to discuss the role that business can play in protecting, respecting and promoting human rights across the world.

In this edition, Paul Lister, Director of Legal Services at Associated British Foods, discusses his thinking on ethical trade and some of the challenges in his role at an international food, ingredients and retail group with 130,000 employees and operations in 50 countries and subsidiary companies including Primark. 

Additionally, John F Sherman III, General Counsel of Shift, looks at the need for business lawyers to provide wise counsel to clients on human rights and an interview with Nick Bryan-Brown of Blackpeak Group looks at how to approach advising banks on human trafficking risks.

A recent law highlighted in the Review is the French “corporate duty of vigilance” introduced earlier this year, which imposes on large French corporates a duty to detect and prevent the risks of serious violations of human rights, fundamental freedoms and of environmental damage in France and abroad.  This edition also includes a look at the Argentine perspective on the social license to operate with Guillermo Malm Green of Brons & Salas.

The issue of business and human rights in diplomacy and politics is the subject of an interview with Eva Biaudet, formerly of both the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the United Nations Permanent Forum. 

This edition also includes an analysis of the role and responsibilities of businesses in championing LGBT equality from Sarah Foster and Lynn Pasterny of Stonewall alongside a case study on Barclays’ LGBT inclusion journey in India.

David Flechner, Partner,  New York and member of the Editorial Board for The Business and Human Rights Review comments that, “The common thread running through contributions to this edition is that –  whether from business, civil society, financial institutions, the legal profession, local community groups, government – we all play a part in furthering the protection and realisation of human rights. We hope this publication further contributes to this dialogue.”

Download the fifth issue of the Business and Human Rights Review here.

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