What are the biggest ESG trends of the 2021 proxy voting season?

Week of 12 July 2021 What are the biggest ESG trends of the 2021 proxy voting season? Our key takeaway: No surprises here—climate change, racial equality and workers’ rights are top of mind for investors in the 2021 proxy season. What’s new? Resolutions that reveal interlinkages between complex issues like economic, environmental and racial justice, … Continue reading What are the biggest ESG trends of the 2021 proxy voting season?

What are synergies between environmental and human rights due diligence, and what does this mean for upcoming EU legislation?

Week of 12 July 2021 What are synergies between environmental and human rights due diligence, and what does this mean for upcoming EU legislation? Our key takeaway: The upcoming EU legislation under the Sustainable Corporate Governance Initiative offers a golden opportunity to design a due diligence structure whereby companies are empowered, equipped and incentivized to … Continue reading What are synergies between environmental and human rights due diligence, and what does this mean for upcoming EU legislation?

What could constitute a social investment, in the eyes of the EU?

Week of 12 July 2021 What could constitute a social investment, in the eyes of the EU? Our key takeaway: We gain further clarity on how the EU could define the social part of sustainable investments, to complement the environmental part (the EU taxonomy).On 12 July 2021, the social taxonomy subgroup of the EU Platform … Continue reading What could constitute a social investment, in the eyes of the EU?

How have workers’ rights fared over the past year?

Week of 5 July 2021 How have workers’ rights fared over the past year? Our key takeaway: 2021 continued the last decade’s trend of progressively deteriorating workers’ rights. Myanmar and Belarus join the list of the ten worst countries for working people, alongside Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Honduras, The Philippines, Turkey and Zimbabwe.The International Trade … Continue reading How have workers’ rights fared over the past year?

What is the status and direction of travel for the UNGPs in court cases?

Week of 5 July 2021 What is the status and direction of travel for the UNGPs in court cases? Our key takeaway: Courts have started to use the UNGPs in their reasoning, and this is set to continue, with Latin American courts leading the charge in using the UNGPs as an interpretive tool as they … Continue reading What is the status and direction of travel for the UNGPs in court cases?

What is the direction of travel for climate change litigation?

Week of 5 July 2021 What is the direction of travel for climate change litigation? Our key takeaway: Climate change litigation is on the rise and does not seem to be slowing down any time soon. Activists are using creative legal strategies and new hooks to hold governments, companies and financial institutions to account.  A … Continue reading What is the direction of travel for climate change litigation?

Business, human rights and the climate crisis: what’s expected of business

Anna Triponel | 30 June 2021 Today, I had the pleasure of sharing a panel with Stephanie Venuti (OECD) and Thomas Voland (Clifford Chance), convened by Catie Shavin from the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI) as part of GBI’s ‘Business, human rights and the climate crisis’ conference. We had a much-needed discussion and a … Continue reading Business, human rights and the climate crisis: what’s expected of business

How we can lay the track for the financial services sector to reach net-zero by 2050?

Week of 28 June 2021 How we can lay the track for the financial services sector to reach net-zero by 2050? Our key takeaway: A lot more walking, and a lot less talking, is needed on the part of asset owners and asset managers when it comes to aligning portfolios with the Paris Agreement goals. … Continue reading How we can lay the track for the financial services sector to reach net-zero by 2050?

What is ‘ecocide’ and which court could have jurisdiction over it?

Week of 28 June 2021 What is ‘ecocide’ and which court could have jurisdiction over it? Our key takeaway: Ecocide could join genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and the crime of aggression as crimes over which the International Criminal Court has jurisdiction. The Independent Expert Panel for the Legal Definition of Ecocide, coordinated by … Continue reading What is ‘ecocide’ and which court could have jurisdiction over it?

What is the future ahead of us, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)?

Week of 28 June 2021 What is the future ahead of us, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)? Our key takeaway: “The choices societies make now will determine whether our species thrives or simply survives as the 21st century unfolds” – in the words of leading climate science advisors to the UNThe … Continue reading What is the future ahead of us, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)?