Launched in December 2020, Just Recovery from Covid-19 is a new blog forum for the international human rights community. One of the first posts is “A New Social Contract” by Sharan Barrow, Secretary-General of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). Barrow reviews the impacts of Covid-19 and calls for a new global social contract, based on principles outlined in the 2019 ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work – labour protections for all workers, universal social protections for all, a transformative agenda for women, and just transitions for climate and technology shifts. Barrow reviews the current Just Recovery policy debate in Europe, and states: “At the heart of these measures sits the requirement for social dialogue to ensure trust in design and implementation.”
The Just Recovery blog series is hosted by The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, and the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR). It aims to open the door on the community of organizations and people seeking to promote human rights issues in business. For example, the CEO of the Institute for Human Rights and Business posted to the blog with “Building forward better: Thoughts on intergenerational justice “. (Other reports at the IHRB website include: Connecting the Climate Change and Business & Human Rights Agendas (Dec 2020) and Just Transitions for All: Business, Human Rights, and Climate Action (Nov. 2020). )
Another contributor to the Just Recovery blog is the CEO of Principles for Responsible Investment., with the post “Collaborating for a Just Recovery” . PRI initiated the pioneering Blueprint for Responsible Investment in 2017 and continues to work globally for transparency and environmental responsibility in the investment community.