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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

Fairtrade shrugs off Sainsbury's controversy with 7% growth in sales

Terry Slavin, (Feb 27, 2018)

Co-op and Waitrose help boost revenues as Fairtrade Fortnight begins with focus on living wage for banana farmers

'Charities should be held to the same human rights standards as business'

John Morrison, (Feb 16, 2018)

John Morrison, head of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, says the Oxfam crisis shows we should say 'no' to cuts in aid, but yes to greater accountability by charities

Tim Mohin: ‘The world doesn’t need more CSR reports’

Terry Slavin, (Feb 4, 2018)

The new GRI chief talks to Ethical Corporation’s editor Terry Slavin about how to make sustainability reporting more relevant for investors and CEOs

‘Together Rainforest Alliance and UTZ will be a more powerful force for positive change’

Han de Groot, (Jan 12, 2018)

As the two certification bodies merge this month, new CEO Han de Groot talks about how Rainforest Alliance will accelerate its work to tackle the world’s biggest challenges in the spirit of radical optimism

Opinion: ‘We need sustainability leaders to champion circular economy in IT’

Mark Jolly, (Dec 13, 2017)

Companies replace IT equipment every four to five years, a waste of critical raw materials with huge environmental and social costs, argues Cranfield University professor Mark Jolley. With refurbished computers now nearly as high-performing as new, there needs to be an end to the make-use-dispose culture

‘Companies no longer have an excuse to ignore human rights in their supply chains’

Richard Karmel, (Dec 4, 2017)

Mazars’ Richard Karmel, who helped develop the UNGP Reporting Framework, reflects on how the framework has helped leading companies such as Unilever and Coca-Cola have a fundamental shift in practice towards safeguarding workers

Vedanta court ruling a 'major victory for corporate human rights campaigners'

Lise Smit and Gabrielle Holly, (Nov 22, 2017)

A UK court's decision that the copper company potentially holds a duty of care to 2,000 farmers who claim they are affected by the activities of its Zambian subsidiary is a landmark finding that could have far-reaching implications for corporate supply chains, argue Lise Smit and Gabrielle Holly

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