CIVICUS has launched the State of Civil Society 2017 Report reviewing the past year, with a focus on the civic space and the impact of a resurgence of right-wing populist politics; the right to express dissent; protest movements; and civil society’s international-level actions. A special thematic section presents 27 guest articles from thought leaders around the world, exploring the often troublesome, yet potentially beneficial, relationships between civil society and the private sector. As business continues to grow in influence globally, the State of Civil Society Report discusses serious concerns over private sector practices that are leading to increased human rights abuses and attacks on fundamental freedoms. The report proposes, as a minimum starting point, a ‘first do no harm’ principle. But it asks the private sector to go beyond this and make an active commitment to work with civil society to uphold the rule of law, human rights and people’s rights to the freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression. The report is available for download here.