Supply Chains

‘Tony’s Chocolonely deserves support for tackling the complexity of combatting forced labour’

Didier Bergeret, (Mar 24, 2021)

COMMENT: Didier Bergeret of the Consumer Goods Forum says the ethical confectionery company's transparent efforts to eradicate modern slavery are worth applause rather than brickbats

Finding the keys to unlock the potential of female entrepreneurs

Marianna Mamou, (Mar 8, 2021)

Comment: Marianna Mamou of UBS Global Wealth Management says in order to address the fact that only 2% of startup funding goes to women-led ventures, we first have to understand what’s causing the dearth of funding

Why rewarding companies that pay their fair share of tax is going global

Harriet Lamb, (Feb 25, 2021)

COMMENT: With Covid exacerbating poverty and trade inequality, many more companies should join the likes of SSE, Co-op, and Lush in adopting the Fair Tax Mark, says Ashden CEO Harriet Lamb

Polman: 'Amid rising vaccine nationalism, WTO's new director-general can't come quick enough'

Paul Polman, (Feb 15, 2021)

COMMENT: Many challenges await the global trade body’s new chair Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, but her appointment is a cause for celebration, writes Paul Polman

Three ways companies can become more inclusive in 2021

Susann Tischendorf and Alexandra Harris, (Jan 14, 2021)

Susann Tischendorf and Alexandra Harris of the Inclusive Business Action Network advise how businesses can respond to growing consumer demands to embed equality in how they operate

Investing in solutions to the growing problem of female homelessness

Keith Breslauer, (Dec 18, 2020)

COMMENT: Patron Capital’s managing director Keith Breslauer says impact investment vehicles that tackle challenging social issues while providing decent financial returns to institutional investors are key to post-pandemic recovery

‘The meat industry’s failure to protect workers at their time of greatest hazard will hurt us all’

Felicitas Weber, (Oct 19, 2020)

Comment: Felicitas Weber, project director at KnowTheChain, says its latest human rights benchmark exposes an epidemic of ill treatment, with suppliers to brands including McDonald's, Burger King and Walmart among the worst performers, in stark contrast to how they are rewarding shareholders

CBI calls for urgent action to tackle white male syndrome

Terry Slavin, (Oct 7, 2020)

With only 37% of FTSE 100 boards having any ethnic minority representation, and women faring little better, leading UK businesses have launched a campaign to scale up diversity and inclusion

Why diverse suppliers hold the key to business resilience

James Richens, (Oct 6, 2020)

While tightened budgets due to Covid-19 are causing some companies to row back on diversity and inclusion initiatives, some are reaping long term benefits by extending their programmes beyond their own workforces, reports James Richens

Black Lives Matter movement turns up heat for boards to walk the talk of racial diversity

Helen Chan and Julie DiMauro, (Oct 5, 2020)

Helen Chan and Julie DiMauro of Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence look at how US and Canadian companies are responding to investor and consumer pressure to promote race relations in their own operations

‘To build resilient textile supply chains, brands have to protect communities’

Alison Ward, (Aug 11, 2020)

Comment: The pandemic has left cotton farmers in Pakistan and India facing crisis-levels of hunger and financial ruin, says Alison Ward of CottonConnect

How brands can ensure a more responsible garment industry in Bangladesh post Covid-19

Nika Salvetti, (Jul 22, 2020)

Unlike Rana Plaza, the fashion industry can’t pass the buck for the disaster that has befallen one million garment workers due to cancelled orders during Covid-19. Dr Nika Salvetti from Nyenrode Business University looks at how brands can help build a more sustainable industry in the wake of the pandemic.

CDP reports 24% rise in companies looking for greater transparency in supply chains

Terry Slavin, (May 20, 2020)

Science-based targets and TCFD requirements in bail-out packages are helping to drive greater corporate disclosure. Terry Slavin reports

Why 176 institutional investors are calling out brands for failure to respect human rights

Camille Le Pors, (Apr 2, 2020)

Canon, Carlsberg, Ralph Lauren and Starbucks are among 95 companies that are being pressed by investors worth $4.5tn to take prompt action to respect the rights of workers and communities, say Camille Le Pors of the World Benchmarking Alliance and Paloma Munoz Quick of the Investor Alliance for Human Rights

Seven best practices in sustainable supplier engagement

EC Newsdesk, (Jan 6, 2020)

Sponsored content: Consulting firm Navigant sets out a roadmap for creating a green supply chain and explains why sustainability can be a game-changer in procurement

'We need companies to promote social protectionism in the coming trade wars’

John Morrison, (Jan 2, 2020)

John Morrison of the Institute for Human Rights and Business argues that initiatives to safeguard both environment and human rights will be critical for the radical transformations that will be required in decade ahead

Shining a light on corporate human rights abuses in the Pacific

Amy Sinclair, (Dec 9, 2019)

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre’s Amy Sinclair introduces a new portal that focuses attention on a resource-rich area remote from the rest of the world

Traceability and Transparency - Tier 1 and Beyond

Conference Recording, (Dec 5, 2019)