In March 2016, the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark published its “Pilot Methodology,” revealing plans for a publicly available, comparative, year-on-year “snapshot” of the human rights performance of the largest 500 companies.
The SEC’s whistleblower program is steadily growing in scope and impact, and the agency is taking more aggressive positions to obtain information from whistleblowers and protect informants from retaliation.
Non-Canadian workers are increasingly suing their employers in Canadian courts for human rights violations allegedly committed outside Canada by the companies themselves or by other entities in their supply chains.
The Second Circuit created a federal appellate split when it revived a Dodd-Frank Act retaliation claim by an ex-employee who only reported his claims of accounting fraud internally before he was terminated.
The United Nations' adoption in 2011 of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights signified a growing consensus that corporate entities have a responsibility to account for their operations' impact on human rights.