Human Rights and M&A: It’s no longer about the ‘why’; it’s now about the ‘how’

Anna Triponel | 14 May 2019 This article is available here on the website of Thomson Reuters Practical Law, and a short summary without the examples is available here.  This article elaborates on reflections I shared in March 2019 with the company members of the German UN Global Compact Network on the latest developments in … Continue reading Human Rights and M&A: It’s no longer about the ‘why’; it’s now about the ‘how’

Law firms, business and human rights: practical approaches to advance your firm’s practice

Anna Triponel and Catie Shavin This article was first published by the Law Society Gazette on 5 April 2019, available here. Law firms are increasingly intertwined with business and human rights developments. The International Bar Association (IBA) – which brings together 80,000 lawyers and 190 bar associations and law societies spanning more than 170 countries … Continue reading Law firms, business and human rights: practical approaches to advance your firm’s practice

What do you know about the quality of jobs provided? 120 investors representing $13 trillion AUM ask their investee companies

Anna Triponel | 2 April 2019 Posting in my capacity as member of the Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI) Advisory Group, alongside Bettina Reinboth, James Gomme, Dieter Waizenegger, Sumi Dhanarajan and Will Pomroy, with Amy Metcalfe and Clare Richards. 120 investors (representing over $13 trillion AUM) asked their investee companies for information on the quality of … Continue reading What do you know about the quality of jobs provided? 120 investors representing $13 trillion AUM ask their investee companies

2019 Update on the Law Firm Business and Human Rights Peer Learning Process

Anna Triponel and Catie Shavin | 20 March 2019 Since the 2016 workshop to discuss implementation of the law firms’ own responsibility to respect human rights, peer discussions within the Law Firm Business and Human Rights Peer Learning Process (Process) have focused on: A working session in December 2017 to share updates on progress made, … Continue reading 2019 Update on the Law Firm Business and Human Rights Peer Learning Process

Embracing Change – The Way Forward for Gig Economy Companies

13 February 2019 | Anna Triponel Hermes Parcelnet made headline news last week when it decided to offer a new contract to its self-employed couriers. This was a positive news story with implications for the gig economy: for the first time ever, self-employed workers would be provided holiday pay, guaranteed pay and full trade union … Continue reading Embracing Change – The Way Forward for Gig Economy Companies

Companies Operating in a Conflict or Post-conflict Country: Exercise leverage or stand ready for litigation

This blog post is based on a presentation provided by Anna Triponel at the launch of the Business and Human Rights Practitioners’ Network and was first posted on 22 January 2019 on Nadia Bernaz's site, rightsasusual.com, available here. A few weeks after Qadhafi was killed, I was one of a handful of passengers, and the only … Continue reading Companies Operating in a Conflict or Post-conflict Country: Exercise leverage or stand ready for litigation

Black Friday is here: Who is paying for your delivery?

22 November 2018 | Anna Triponel You’ve probably only just realised from the barrage of promotional emails you’ve received this week that Black Friday is upon us once again. But retailers and logistics companies have been preparing for this day for months. As you press “click” on your latest bargain, spare a thought for those who … Continue reading Black Friday is here: Who is paying for your delivery?

Have you ordered online this week? Lessons learned from Hermes Parcelnet’s approach implementing its Code of Conduct

Anna Triponel | 26 October 2018 There's a nine out of ten chance that you have sent or received a parcel in the last 6 months, according to the latest statistics. Close to 4 billion packages were delivered in the UK alone last year. The logistics sector is booming, and will only continue to do … Continue reading Have you ordered online this week? Lessons learned from Hermes Parcelnet’s approach implementing its Code of Conduct

Should lawyers have a duty to ensure human rights are respected in the matters on which they advise?

Is considering human rights part of a solicitor’s role? What does considering human rights when advising clients mean in practice? Whose role is it to ensure that lawyers are equipped to weave this into their legal advice? What are the challenges in moving this forward? What are two immediate steps law firm lawyers can take? … Continue reading Should lawyers have a duty to ensure human rights are respected in the matters on which they advise?

Palm oil company EPO provides an update on its HRIA work in Liberia

17 August 2018 Palm oil company Equatorial Palm Oil (EPO) is today updating its stakeholders on the actions taken since the human rights impact assessment (HRIA) I worked on with them last June in Liberia. The executive summary of the 2017 report “Assessing Human Rights Impacts at EPO’s Liberian Operations” is available here. EPO’s update on … Continue reading Palm oil company EPO provides an update on its HRIA work in Liberia