With a decade left to achieve the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals, businesses have made progress in creating internal awareness and setting goals on climate and decent work, but struggle to integrate the SDGs into their core business strategies and create ambitious, targeted goals for social goals. The UN Global Compact launches an urgent call to action with specific asks of all companies for the next ‘Decade of Action’.

Week of 29 June 2020 With a decade left to achieve the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals, businesses have made progress in creating internal awareness and setting goals on climate and decent work, but struggle to integrate the SDGs into their core business strategies and create ambitious, targeted goals for social goals. The UN Global … Continue reading With a decade left to achieve the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals, businesses have made progress in creating internal awareness and setting goals on climate and decent work, but struggle to integrate the SDGs into their core business strategies and create ambitious, targeted goals for social goals. The UN Global Compact launches an urgent call to action with specific asks of all companies for the next ‘Decade of Action’.

Women workers are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are more likely to work in sectors severely affected economically as well as the health and social work sector, and they suffer from unequal distribution of family care and increases in domestic violence; there are risks of regressing on gender equality (ILO)

Week of 29 June 2020 Women workers are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are more likely to work in sectors severely affected economically as well as the health and social work sector, and they suffer from unequal distribution of family care and increases in domestic violence; there are risks of regressing on gender … Continue reading Women workers are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are more likely to work in sectors severely affected economically as well as the health and social work sector, and they suffer from unequal distribution of family care and increases in domestic violence; there are risks of regressing on gender equality (ILO)

The transition to a net-zero carbon economy is necessary, but in a way that considers the rights of workers and neighbouring communities; a new benchmark reveals significant risks of harm taking place in the renewable energy sector, including killings, threats, and intimidation; land grabs; dangerous working conditions and poverty wages; and harm to indigenous peoples’ lives and livelihoods (Business & Human Rights Resource Centre)

Week of 29 June 2020 The transition to a net-zero carbon economy is necessary, but in a way that considers the rights of workers and neighbouring communities; a new benchmark reveals significant risks of harm taking place in the renewable energy sector, including killings, threats, and intimidation; land grabs; dangerous working conditions and poverty wages; … Continue reading The transition to a net-zero carbon economy is necessary, but in a way that considers the rights of workers and neighbouring communities; a new benchmark reveals significant risks of harm taking place in the renewable energy sector, including killings, threats, and intimidation; land grabs; dangerous working conditions and poverty wages; and harm to indigenous peoples’ lives and livelihoods (Business & Human Rights Resource Centre)

The business case for respecting human rights

Anna Triponel | June 2020 I commonly get asked to help managers make the business case internally for human rights respect – in particular when actions they are seeking to put in place cost money in the immediate term, and may be viewed as conflicting with cost-cutting measures the company is implementing. This post describes … Continue reading The business case for respecting human rights

The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing and in some cases deepening systemic inequalities in global economies, particularly for low-wage essential workers at the frontlines; U.S. supermarket companies are viewed as failing to protect their vulnerable workers at a time of heightened risk and insecurity and are being asked to strengthen their policies (Oxfam)

Week of 22 June 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing and in some cases deepening systemic inequalities in global economies, particularly for low-wage essential workers at the frontlines; U.S. supermarket companies are viewed as failing to protect their vulnerable workers at a time of heightened risk and insecurity and are being asked to strengthen their … Continue reading The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing and in some cases deepening systemic inequalities in global economies, particularly for low-wage essential workers at the frontlines; U.S. supermarket companies are viewed as failing to protect their vulnerable workers at a time of heightened risk and insecurity and are being asked to strengthen their policies (Oxfam)

2019-2020 has seen a rise in repression of workers’ rights by governments and employers globally, with violations of workers’ rights hitting a seven-year high; breakdowns in rights to freedom of association, speech and collective bargaining pose challenges for companies seeking to responsibly operate in or source from a number of countries (ITUC Global Rights Index 2020)

Week of 22 June 2020 2019-2020 has seen a rise in repression of workers’ rights by governments and employers globally, with violations of workers’ rights hitting a seven-year high; breakdowns in rights to freedom of association, speech and collective bargaining pose challenges for companies seeking to responsibly operate in or source from a number of … Continue reading 2019-2020 has seen a rise in repression of workers’ rights by governments and employers globally, with violations of workers’ rights hitting a seven-year high; breakdowns in rights to freedom of association, speech and collective bargaining pose challenges for companies seeking to responsibly operate in or source from a number of countries (ITUC Global Rights Index 2020)

As the EU develops its proposed 2021 mandatory human rights due diligence legislation, two briefing papers commissioned by the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights make concrete recommendations to the European Parliament on how to ensure the legislation is robust, actionable and enforceable

Week of 22 June 2020 As the EU develops its proposed 2021 mandatory human rights due diligence legislation, two briefing papers commissioned by the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Human Rights make concrete recommendations to the European Parliament on how to ensure the legislation is robust, actionable and enforceable At the request of the European Parliament's … Continue reading As the EU develops its proposed 2021 mandatory human rights due diligence legislation, two briefing papers commissioned by the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights make concrete recommendations to the European Parliament on how to ensure the legislation is robust, actionable and enforceable

In 2019, OECD National Contact Points decided a number of cases, including related to company responsibility for climate targets, bank responsibility for ensuring clients respect indigenous peoples’ rights, online platform responsibility for harmful content and responsibility for remediation to harmed communities; a number of structural barriers to NCPs’ effectiveness remain (OECD Watch)

Week of 15 June 2020 In 2019, OECD National Contact Points decided a number of cases, including related to company responsibility for climate targets, bank responsibility for ensuring clients respect indigenous peoples’ rights, online platform responsibility for harmful content and responsibility for remediation to harmed communities; a number of structural barriers to NCPs’ effectiveness remain … Continue reading In 2019, OECD National Contact Points decided a number of cases, including related to company responsibility for climate targets, bank responsibility for ensuring clients respect indigenous peoples’ rights, online platform responsibility for harmful content and responsibility for remediation to harmed communities; a number of structural barriers to NCPs’ effectiveness remain (OECD Watch)

Following COVID-19, we are likely to see millions more children pushed into child labour after 20 years of progress, linked to the increase in poverty, growth of the informal sector, decline in international remittances, lack of access to credit and schools, shift in foreign direct investment to industries prone to hiring children and COVID-19-related deaths and illnesses (ILO and UNICEF)

Week of 15 June 2020 Following COVID-19, we are likely to see millions more children pushed into child labour after 20 years of progress, linked to the increase in poverty, growth of the informal sector, decline in international remittances, lack of access to credit and schools, shift in foreign direct investment to industries prone to … Continue reading Following COVID-19, we are likely to see millions more children pushed into child labour after 20 years of progress, linked to the increase in poverty, growth of the informal sector, decline in international remittances, lack of access to credit and schools, shift in foreign direct investment to industries prone to hiring children and COVID-19-related deaths and illnesses (ILO and UNICEF)

The U.S. Supreme Court finds that an employer who fires an individual for being gay or transgender engages in unlawful discrimination which violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia)

Week of 15 June 2020 The U.S. Supreme Court finds that an employer who fires an individual for being gay or transgender engages in unlawful discrimination which violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia) Gerald Bostock had been an official in Clayton County’s juvenile court (in Atlanta, Georgia) since … Continue reading The U.S. Supreme Court finds that an employer who fires an individual for being gay or transgender engages in unlawful discrimination which violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia)