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Why clean energy companies can’t neglect human rights in rush to a low-carbon economy

Nathan Lobel, (Jun 7, 2019)

Nathan Lobel of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment and Christen Dobson of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre give nine suggestions for renewables companies to ensure they are advancing all the SDGs

'UK multinationals will face greater scrutiny after the Vedanta decision'

Suzanne Spears, (May 10, 2019)

Allen & Overy partner Suzanne Spears assesses the implications of last month’s dramatic Supreme Court decision that an environmental harm lawsuit against the UK copper company in Zambia can be heard by the English courts

Why the UN Global Compact is a CSR commitment that works

Terry Slavin, (May 1, 2019)

Julia Moshkin of EcoVadis points to research showing that companies that have signed up to the initiative’s 10 principles perform significantly better on driving responsibility in their supply chains

CSR Cheat Sheet: Half of companies ‘failing to report action on climate’

Oliver Balch, (Mar 7, 2019)

Transparency in non-financial reporting; labour rights abuses by fashion brands; and FAO warnings on biodiversity are highlighted in Oliver Balch’s latest roundup of sustainability news

‘While Bolsonaro grandstands in Davos, he is wreaking untold damage in Amazon’

Dinamam Tuxa, (Jan 23, 2019)

Dinamam Tuxá of Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil says despite the president’s attempts to woo the global elite at WEF, the indigenous people who are protecting forests are under severe threat

'Business as usual is no longer an option'

Terry Slavin, (Dec 21, 2018)

Leading commentators take stock of a turbulent year for responsible business in Ethical Corporation's review of 2018

To operate in a turbulent world, business needs radical new thinking in 2019

Felippo Veglio, (Dec 20, 2018)

Filippo Veglio of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development outlines how business can respond to the four megatrends that are reshaping the global relationship between people and companies

The year when climate change became the new frontier for human rights

Lise Kingo, (Dec 18, 2018)

Lise Kingo of the UN Global Compact says the task for 2019 is to build a low-carbon future that works for everyone

Why 2019 should be the year of action on gender equality in supply chains

Joky Francois, (Dec 16, 2018)

Joky François of Rainforest Alliance explains how attention to diversity and inclusion is rising up the corporate agenda

‘Philanthropy won't be enough to address the ‘people’ part of the Global Goals’

Sara Blackwell, (Nov 22, 2018)

Sara Blackwell of Shift says companies have been slow to grasp the truly positive results of working to address adverse impacts on people’s basic rights in everything they do as a business

US companies perform twice as badly as Europeans on human rights ranking

Terry Slavin, (Nov 15, 2018)

Starbucks and Kraft Heinz are among a dubious roll call of American firms that scored less than 10% on the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, where Germany’s Adidas took first place

Six takeaways from Responsible Supply Chain Summit Europe 2018

Mike Scott, (Oct 15, 2018)

Circular approaches to plastic waste, renewable energy procurement, and moving beyond audits to address human rights risks were highlights during last week’s thought-provoking conference in London, which focused on solutions to some of companies’ greatest challenges

How Darian McBain brought about a sea change in sustainable fishing

Oliver Balch, (Oct 6, 2018)

Oliver Balch interviews the head of sustainability at Thai Union, who is winner of Ethical Corporation’s Business Leader of the Year award

'Business must not stand idly by as land rights defenders die'

Ben Leather, (Jul 22, 2018)

With agribusiness projects surpassing mining for the first time in terms of deaths of environmental defenders, Ben Leather of Global Witness calls on companies to stand with local communities

‘Can booming social bond market really turn finance to the good side?’

David Kinley, (Jun 28, 2018)

Comment: Private sector investment has helped results-based finance rocket from $500m in 2014 to $8.8bn last year. But David Kinley, author of a new book on international finance and human rights, argues that it would take a lot for the halo effect to reach the entire market

National laws vs human rights: what happens when companies must choose?

Arianne Griffith, (Jun 7, 2018)

Firms operating in countries where homosexuality is a crime, or where the government demands access to user data, must retain their focus on human rights, argues Arianne Griffith of BIICL, which has just published guidance for companies

Global goals: Huawei's strategy to connect the world - and take on Apple

Oliver Balch, (May 20, 2018)

The Chinese smartphone giant's latest CSR report hopes to convince western consumers it is serious about sustainability, writes Oliver Balch

Comment: ‘Benchmarking has started a race to the top on human rights reporting’

Magdalena Kettis, (May 18, 2018)

The Corporate Human Rights Benchmark has led to a surge in human rights reporting since it was launched a year ago, but the failure of more than a quarter of companies to engage is cause for deep concern, says Magdalena Kettis of Sweden’s Nordea Bank

Mining companies ‘failing to address trust deficit’ with communities

Mike Scott, (Apr 26, 2018)

The Responsible Mining Index, published this month, praises several companies for good practice, but identifies a widespread failure by extractives firms to monitor and share ESG performance with communities. Mike Scott reports

Towers of steel, feet of clay? Human rights concerns rise over wind industry

Mike Scott, (Apr 24, 2018)

NGOs say the industry’s rapid expansion will be threatened if it doesn’t tackle ESG issues in its extended supply chain, reports Mike Scott

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