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Focus on human rights: how brands are tackling modern slavery and the refugee crisis

Terry Slavin, (Aug 8, 2019)

In the August issue of Ethical Corporation we take an in-depth look at the challenges companies are facing addressing forced labour in their supply chains, highlight some of the leaders in reporting on human rights impacts, and report on how businesses are helping address the global refugee crisis

‘Even leading supermarkets are far from ending human rights abuses in their supply chains’

Monica Romis, (Aug 6, 2019)

Oxfam’s Monica Romis explains the findings of the charity’s latest Supermarket Scorecard on human rights, which gave Tesco top place among 16 of Europe's biggest supermarkets

‘We know most global companies have modern slavery in their supply chains’

Katherine Steiner-Dicks, (Aug 6, 2019)

Katherine Steiner-Dicks reports on growing calls for major reforms to the UK’s Modern Slavery Act

Press Release: President & CEO, Oxfam, joins Responsible Business Summit West 2019

Ed Long, (May 23, 2019)

Abby Maxman, President & CEO, Oxfam to open #RBSWEST, October 9-10

CSR Cheat Sheet: Wimbledon knocks plastics out of court

Oliver Balch, (May 14, 2018)

Battle against plastics grows; global jet-set sends tourism emissions skywards; US firms see benefits from managing water and carbon

Zeroing in on community livelihoods in the palm oil industry

Eric Marx, (Apr 26, 2018)

Unilever, Marks and Spencer and Sime Darby are at the forefront of working with governments and communities to meet their zero deforestation commitments, writes Eric Marx

Brands ‘neglecting land rights’ as key weapon in battle to save forests

Eric Marx, (Apr 26, 2018)

The biggest food brands require suppliers to adhere to principles of free prior and informed consent, but implementation is thin on the ground, reports Eric Marx

CSR Cheat Sheet: UK retailer Iceland ditches palm oil over deforestation fears

Oliver Balch, (Apr 16, 2018)

UK retailer to remove palm oil from own-brand products; animal welfare index snubs Sainsbury; shipping industry agrees decarbonisation strategy

'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

Deforestation briefing: Fresh hope in battle to save the orangutan from palm oil

Terry Slavin, (Aug 27, 2017)

A surge in corporate no-deforestation commitment hasn’t stemmed habitat destruction in Indonesia, as a new report by RAN on illegal deforestation in Sumatra highlights. We assess whether a new methodology for implementing them called the High Carbon Stock Approach could help turn the tide

Human rights briefing: New corporate benchmark ‘a work in progress’

Claire Manuel, (Jul 26, 2017)

The first-ever ranking of companies on human rights raised eyebrows by giving Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton top marks alongside Marks and Spencer. While the methodology has been criticised, it is seen as filling a vital gap for investors

CEOs in push to restore American Dream

Diana Rojas, (Jun 26, 2017)

Companies are working in opposition to Trump’s attempts to limit refugees entering the US, but many feel they have to tread carefully

NGO voices: Lessons from working with Unilever in Vietnam

EC Newsdesk, (Jan 12, 2017)

Oxfam’s Rachel Wilshaw reveals how doing a study of the company's labour standards was an eye-opener for both parties

Smallholders Review: 500 million small steps to feed the world

April Streeter, (Oct 13, 2016)

With climate change threatening global food production, companies from Olam to Unilever are focusing on lifting smallholder farmers out of poverty

Cheat sheet: Corporate responsibility cheat sheet – November 2015

Oliver Balch, (Nov 19, 2015)

We read all the reports so you don’t have to

NGOWatch – November 2015

Nadine Hawa, (Nov 19, 2015)

Pakistan INGOs, John West exposed, climate risks to food supply and electronics harvesting

NGOWatch – May 2015

Nadine Hawa, (May 5, 2015)

RB sanitation campaign, IFC lending criticism, UK government recommendations and Bahrain house watch for migrant workers

NGOWatch – March 2015

Nadine Hawa, (Mar 10, 2015)

Circular economy’s potential job boost, new campaign to fight the global water crisis, Oxfam’s World Tax Summit, and China’s crackdown on labour advocates

NGOWatch – December 2014

Nadine Hawa, (Dec 2, 2014)

Human rights a concern before Baku European games, Mercedes shamed, help with UK household energy bills and Oxfam report on wealth ineqaulity

NGOWatch – November 2014

Jeni Bauser Yaghoubi, (Nov 4, 2014)

Conflict minerals, Oxfam rankings, action on Ebola and forced labour in electronics industry