Referendum or no referendum: human rights due diligence isn’t going away for Swiss companies

Anna Triponel and Maddie Wolberg | 3 December 2020 On Sunday November 29, Swiss voters voted on a proposed constitutional amendment to require Swiss companies to conduct assessments of their human rights and environmental risks in their supply chains. The proposal would have implemented mandatory due diligence requirements for companies headquartered in Switzerland. The objective … Continue reading Referendum or no referendum: human rights due diligence isn’t going away for Swiss companies

Global Games … and global gains for human rights

Week of 30 November 2020 Global Games … and global gains for human rights The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Executive Board has confirmed that the IOC will be strengthening how the organisation addresses human rights issues – including the development of an IOC human rights strategy and policy commitment, the embedding of human rights in … Continue reading Global Games … and global gains for human rights

While COVID-19 is slowing down travel and the economy, it’s not relieving migrant workers of the burden of recruitment fees – quite the contrary

Week of 30 November 2020 While COVID-19 is slowing down travel and the economy, it’s not relieving migrant workers of the burden of recruitment fees – quite the contrary The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the issue of recruitment fees—a long-standing human rights concern in our increasingly globalised workforce—into sharp relief. The ILO’s comparative study of … Continue reading While COVID-19 is slowing down travel and the economy, it’s not relieving migrant workers of the burden of recruitment fees – quite the contrary

For Swiss companies competing in the global marketplace, due diligence is still the name of the game – regardless of Sunday’s referendum result

Week of 30 November 2020 For Swiss companies competing in the global marketplace, due diligence is still the name of the game – regardless of Sunday’s referendum result The Swiss referendum on the Responsible Business Initiative, which would have imposed mandatory environmental and human rights due diligence requirements on Swiss companies, failed to pass on … Continue reading For Swiss companies competing in the global marketplace, due diligence is still the name of the game – regardless of Sunday’s referendum result

How to operationalise stakeholder capitalism? Through human rights due diligence

Week of 23 November 2020 How to operationalise stakeholder capitalism? Through human rights due diligence Putting ‘stakeholder capitalism’ into practice is an ongoing challenge for companies, investors and civil society organisations, especially when diverse stakeholders hold different perspectives on how to define it and what it should look like. John Ruggie, Caroline Rees and Rachel … Continue reading How to operationalise stakeholder capitalism? Through human rights due diligence

Nailing down the details of the EU Green Deal: what is a ‘sustainable’ economic activity anyway?

Week of 23 November 2020 Nailing down the details of the EU Green Deal: what is a 'sustainable' economic activity anyway? The EU’s Green Deal is getting down to brass tacks: the European Commission has released the draft of its delegated legislative act to define the criteria for 'sustainable' economic activities called for under the … Continue reading Nailing down the details of the EU Green Deal: what is a ‘sustainable’ economic activity anyway?

It’s time for companies to put their money where their mouth is on racial inequality

Week of 23 November 2020 It’s time for companies to put their money where their mouth is on racial inequality To truly tackle entrenched racism and social inequality, it’s time for companies to move beyond basic diversity commitments towards more proactive, anti-racist approaches. B Lab’s latest handbook on Anti-Racism Business Resources emphasizes a few key … Continue reading It’s time for companies to put their money where their mouth is on racial inequality

The 2020 UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights – What Did I Miss?

Anna Triponel and Maddie Wolberg | 19 November 2020 2020 marks the ninth anniversary of the UN Human Rights Council’s adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, as well as the ninth UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights. The Forum is an opportunity for governments, companies, investors, community groups, … Continue reading The 2020 UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights – What Did I Miss?

Company scorecards are out – and it’s a C for effort, and an E for impact

Week of 16 November 2020 Company scorecards are out – and it’s a C for effort, and an E for impact The 2020 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, which ranks 230 global companies in five sectors on their human rights performance, finds that some companies are making some progress to meet their responsibility to respect human … Continue reading Company scorecards are out – and it’s a C for effort, and an E for impact

Just transition you say? Not without business and human rights good practice

Week of 16 November 2020 Just transition you say? Not without business and human rights good practice There is increasing recognition that the transition toward a zero-carbon world needs to be ‘just’, i.e., this transition needs to respect the fundamental rights of those involved – with a particular focus on the most vulnerable. The Institute … Continue reading Just transition you say? Not without business and human rights good practice