What does a recent survey in Asia say about human rights and the environment?

Week of 3 May 2021 What does a recent survey in Asia say about human rights and the environment? Our key takeaway: A recent survey in Asia confirms both the importance of the inter-connections between the environment and human rights, as well as the lack of awareness of these inter-connections.  In April 2021, UNDP Business … Continue reading What does a recent survey in Asia say about human rights and the environment?

What is the responsibility of a board when it comes to stakeholder governance?

Week of 3 May 2021 What is the responsibility of a board when it comes to stakeholder governance? Our key takeaway: Boards are tasked with the responsibility to ensure their organisation’s long-term viability—and fulfilling this role can’t be done without understanding stakeholder perspectives and bringing their voices to the table. The Australian Institute of Company Directors … Continue reading What is the responsibility of a board when it comes to stakeholder governance?

How can nature-based solutions be effective tools for protecting people and planet?

Week of 3 May 2021 How can nature-based solutions be effective tools for protecting people and planet? Our key takeaway: Nature-based solutions can be powerful drivers of transformative change on climate, biodiversity and the environment broadly, but they need to be clearly defined and rooted in respect for human rights if they are to achieve … Continue reading How can nature-based solutions be effective tools for protecting people and planet?

How can a new EU law help create a more sustainable future?

Week of 26 April 2021 How can a new EU law help create a more sustainable future? Our key takeaway: Discussions regarding what it means to conduct meaningful stakeholder engagement, how to regulate adverse impacts on the environment and modes of liability within the upcoming EU law are progressing.In April 2021, Global Witness (GW) released … Continue reading How can a new EU law help create a more sustainable future?

What is the latest environmental and human rights due diligence legal development in Belgium?

Week of 26 April 2021 What is the latest environmental and human rights due diligence legal development in Belgium? Our key takeaway: When it rains (mandatory environmental and human rights due diligence laws), it pours. Umbrellas may be needed in Brussels soon. On 22 April 2021, the Belgian Federal Parliament voted to consider a legal proposal … Continue reading What is the latest environmental and human rights due diligence legal development in Belgium?

What just happened at the EU level with regard to sustainability reporting?

Week of 26 April 2021 What just happened at the EU level with regard to sustainability reporting? Our key takeaway: Coming up at the EU – more companies to report on sustainability, using more uniform definitions – that in turn will have ripple effects across global sustainability reporting. On 21 April 2021, the European Commission announced … Continue reading What just happened at the EU level with regard to sustainability reporting?

How can the move toward zero-carbon economies benefit workers and communities?

Week of 19 April 2021 How can the move toward zero-carbon economies benefit workers and communities? Our key takeaway: Just transition is possible because it’s happening. It needs to integrate social dialogue with people across the community who are impacted when a major local industry closes, beyond immediate workers, and consider how taxes from fossil … Continue reading How can the move toward zero-carbon economies benefit workers and communities?

What does the new European Climate Law say?

Week of 19 April 2021 What does the new European Climate Law say? Our key takeaway: The EU’s commitment to reach climate neutrality by 2050 has moved beyond political ambition to the law!On 21 April 2021, the EU adopted the European Climate Law which:Enshrines the EU's commitment to reach climate neutrality by 2050 into law. … Continue reading What does the new European Climate Law say?

What are the new climate targets resulting from the Earth Day Summit in Washington?

Week of 19 April 2021 What are the new climate targets resulting from the Earth Day Summit in Washington? Our key takeaway: Biden commits to cut the U.S. emissions at least in half by 2030 (when compared to 2005 levels). This is ambitious – although not as ambitious as the UK or Europe, not yet … Continue reading What are the new climate targets resulting from the Earth Day Summit in Washington?

Human rights and environmental due diligence: a new legal duty for companies (Thomson Reuters Video with Anna Triponel)

Anna Triponel | 12 April 2021 In this conversation with Thomson Reuters Practical Law, Anna Triponel talks about recent developments at the EU level when it comes to human rights and environmental due diligence. Anna summarises these developments, explains what they mean for companies, clarifies who will be subject to them, and provides some tips … Continue reading Human rights and environmental due diligence: a new legal duty for companies (Thomson Reuters Video with Anna Triponel)