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

Moral bankruptcy during times of crisis: H&M just thought twice before triggering force majeure clauses with suppliers, and here’s why you should too

Anna Triponel and John Sherman | 31 March 2020 This op-ed was first co-published by the Harvard Kennedy School – Corporate Responsibility Initiative here and the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre here COVID-19 is forcing companies to make tough business decisions. But they cannot declare moral bankruptcy and expect to emerge unscathed from the … Continue reading Moral bankruptcy during times of crisis: H&M just thought twice before triggering force majeure clauses with suppliers, and here’s why you should too

Coronavirus is shining the spotlight on unhealthy supply chains: cleaning them up will help both business resilience and worker wellbeing

Anna Triponel and Christine Bader 16 March 2020 This post originally appeared on Medium The Coronavirus is leaving no sector of the global economy untouched. Electronics, automotive, healthcare, clothing and others are reporting delays in production, reductions in sales, and hits on earnings. But when we speak in abstract terms of slowdowns in global manufacturing, … Continue reading Coronavirus is shining the spotlight on unhealthy supply chains: cleaning them up will help both business resilience and worker wellbeing

Shining the spotlight on hidden working practices: eight tips for companies developing grievance mechanisms

Anna Triponel | 2 March 2020 How can a company know what it doesn’t know? Those of you interested in psychology will have heard of the torch metaphor to illustrate the difference between the conscious and the unconscious. A torch shining into a dark room lights up some objects – we become conscious that these … Continue reading Shining the spotlight on hidden working practices: eight tips for companies developing grievance mechanisms

Human rights policy commitments – is it possible to develop a ‘bad’ statement?

Anna Triponel | 3 February 2020 Yes, it is. While we often say that respecting human rights is a journey, and that each company will have its own unique path depending on its human rights risk profile, it is possible for a company to develop a 'bad' human rights policy commitment. I've worked on too … Continue reading Human rights policy commitments – is it possible to develop a ‘bad’ statement?

The Second Phase of Hermes Parcelnet’s Social Compliance Model

1 February 2020 In September 2016, Hermes Parcelnet adopted its Code of Conduct (the Code). The Code formed the cornerstone of the company’s Social Compliance Model which was comprised of a number of features. These included a governance structure to underpin the embedding of the Code, revisions to business processes as well as a grievance … Continue reading The Second Phase of Hermes Parcelnet’s Social Compliance Model

The 2019 UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights – What Did I Miss?

Anna Triponel | 19 December 2019 Every November since the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) were endorsed, governments, companies, investors, community groups, civil society, trade unions, law firms, national human rights institutions and academia come together at the UN in Geneva to discuss business and human rights. We discuss the state … Continue reading The 2019 UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights – What Did I Miss?

Legislation, defenders and the climate: three vital considerations for companies this Human Rights Day

Anna Triponel | 10 December 2019 This article was first published on Medium here. Today is Human Rights Day. This is the day on which we celebrate the perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity, and reflect on how far we’ve come since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed by the United … Continue reading Legislation, defenders and the climate: three vital considerations for companies this Human Rights Day

When soft law is not so soft: The rapid legalisation of business and human rights

Anna Triponel | 14 October 2019 I was recently invited by Andrea Saldarriaga – founder of Sila Advisory and business and human rights lecturer – to be a guest speaker at her business and human rights course at the Paris Sciences Po School of Management and Innovation. The topic of my intervention was business and … Continue reading When soft law is not so soft: The rapid legalisation of business and human rights

Genocide, Business, and Human Rights: The complexity of Myanmar and what investors and companies need to do about it

9 August 2019 | Anna Triponel and Daniel J. Fullerton This commentary was first posted on the website of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre here.   The United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar (FFM)’s released its report this week stating that the Myanmar military’s far-reaching economic and business interests strengthen its … Continue reading Genocide, Business, and Human Rights: The complexity of Myanmar and what investors and companies need to do about it