Ranking Digital Rights: “Machines betray us again and again, yet we are more dependent on them now than ever before.”

Week of 22 February 2021 Ranking Digital Rights: “Machines betray us again and again, yet we are more dependent on them now than ever before.” 2020 was something of a landmark year for the digital economy, driven in large part by the COVID-19 context where so many of our global interactions have moved online (even … Continue reading Ranking Digital Rights: “Machines betray us again and again, yet we are more dependent on them now than ever before.”

Digital labour platforms are delivering social and economic benefits, but at a cost to workers

Week of 22 February 2021 Digital labour platforms are delivering social and economic benefits, but at a cost to workers The growth of digital work platforms has been a two-sided coin for many workers and businesses. The ILO explores this complex topic, finding that platforms open up new pathways to work and generate income (especially … Continue reading Digital labour platforms are delivering social and economic benefits, but at a cost to workers

Making peace with nature means grappling with humanity’s impact on climate, biodiversity and beyond

Week of 22 February 2021 Making peace with nature means grappling with humanity’s impact on climate, biodiversity and beyond What does it mean to “make peace with nature”—and why does this matter? As residents of the same planet, it seems intuitive that people need nature to survive, but the growing number of human-driven environmental crises … Continue reading Making peace with nature means grappling with humanity’s impact on climate, biodiversity and beyond

No point in developing human rights policies and processes if the company’s culture is at odds with them

Week of 15 February 2021 No point in developing human rights policies and processes if the company’s culture is at odds with them Setting the tone from the top helps embed respect for human rights throughout an entire business, but remains one of the more challenging elements for companies to get right. Culture is often … Continue reading No point in developing human rights policies and processes if the company’s culture is at odds with them

The new European law should push directors to longer-term thinking; explicitly amending director duties could be overkill

Week of 15 February 2021 The new European law should push directors to longer-term thinking; explicitly amending director duties could be overkill Should the European Commission’s mandatory human rights due diligence law fold in requirements that would push corporate boards to move away from short-termism? Not according to John Ruggie, who argues that adding this … Continue reading The new European law should push directors to longer-term thinking; explicitly amending director duties could be overkill

Money talks (about climate risk and how to manage it)

Week of 15 February 2021 Money talks (about climate risk and how to manage it) Last month, BlackRock’s Chairman and CEO Larry Fink cautioned CEOs that tectonic shifts are happening and now is the time to prepare for a net zero transition that is just, equitable, and protects people’s livelihoods. This month, BlackRock publishes detailed … Continue reading Money talks (about climate risk and how to manage it)

Now that human rights due diligence is becoming the law, the next question becomes how can regulators assess the seriousness of efforts taken by companies

Week of 8 February 2021 Now that human rights due diligence is becoming the law, the next question becomes how can regulators assess the seriousness of efforts taken by companies With the rise in mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence (mHREDD) legislation (notably the EU’s imminent directive), a new question is coming up for … Continue reading Now that human rights due diligence is becoming the law, the next question becomes how can regulators assess the seriousness of efforts taken by companies

Influential companies in high-emitting sectors take note: you will be ranked on both your reduction of emissions and how you address social challenges of a low-carbon transition

Week of 8 February 2021 Influential companies in high-emitting sectors take note: you will be ranked on both your reduction of emissions and how you address social challenges of a low-carbon transition Decarbonisation of the economy is needed to tackle climate change – but these efforts will only succeed if people are not left behind … Continue reading Influential companies in high-emitting sectors take note: you will be ranked on both your reduction of emissions and how you address social challenges of a low-carbon transition

SOS: Urgent action on the part of the private sector to dislodge the military regime in Myanmar needed

Week of 8 February 2021 SOS: Urgent action on the part of the private sector to dislodge the military regime in Myanmar needed Following the February 1st military coup that overthrew a democratically elected government in Myanmar, companies are being asked to step up and use their influence to urge the military to return the … Continue reading SOS: Urgent action on the part of the private sector to dislodge the military regime in Myanmar needed

We can’t make social, economic, technological or environmental progress without protecting people

Week of 1 February 2021 We can’t make social, economic, technological or environmental progress without protecting people “Leave no one behind” is a fundamental element of achieving transformative societal change. People are at the heart of every aspect of our society and our economy, so there is no way to advance without ensuring peoples’ well-being—from … Continue reading We can’t make social, economic, technological or environmental progress without protecting people