The NOVA Knowledge Centre for Business, Human Rights and the Environment

The NOVA Knowledge Centre for Business, Human Rights and the Environment (NOVA BHRE) is an innovative and multidisciplinary academic centre within the Nova School of Law. It was founded by its current director Claire Bright, and is supported by a team composed of experts both from NOVA School of Law and NOVA School of Business & Economics (NOVA SBE) as well as external experts from all around the world.

The main goal of the NOVA BHRE is to foster responsible business conduct that upholds respect for human rights, decent work and environmental standards throughout their entire global value chains, thereby also advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The centre is focused on applied academic work, which puts the latest academic research directly into practice, and clarifies the role of law in corporate sustainability.

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Green Summit Portugal

The NOVA BHRE participated in the Green Summit Portugal 2022 on the 19th of October as Claire Bright, Natália Galvão Veiga Rebelo (Ikea), Rita Rendeiro (Maingreen Capital Partners), and Bruno Ferreira (PLMJ) discussed how to accelerate the green transition through corporate sustainability due diligence and co-operation in relation to sustainable practice and strategy.

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Training programme “Transforming Portuguese Companies in Sustainability Leaders”

The NOVA BHRE was delighted to deliver this training session as part of the training programme ‘Transforming Portuguese Companies in Sustainability Leaders” organised in partnership with PLMJ and with the support of the Confederação Empresarial de Portugal as Claire Bright, Inês Crispim, Bruno Ferreira and Céline da Graça Pires discussed the practical implications of the latest legislative developments in France and Germany for Portuguese companies.

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NOVA delivered a training session to the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce

On the 1st of July 2022, the NOVA delivered a training session to the Portuguese Chamber of Commerce on the importance of ESG issues and Human Rights Due Diligence processes for Portuguese companies.

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United Nations negotiations for a binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights: an eighth session without significant improvements

Contracts are regularly employed to address human rights and environmental (HRE) issues that arise in supply chains.

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