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

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?

Assessing Human Rights-related Country Risk in Company Supply Chains: Publicly available indices and lessons learned

Anna Triponel | September 2020 We saw in another article, Assessing Human Rights Risk in Company Supply Chains: What to look for, that companies looking for human rights risks in their supply chains look for risks inherent to the operating context, to the specific business activity, to the specific business partners, and to the presence … Continue reading Assessing Human Rights-related Country Risk in Company Supply Chains: Publicly available indices and lessons learned

Assessing Human Rights Risk in Company Supply Chains: What to look for

Anna Triponel | September 2020 Companies are expected—by soft law, hard law in some jurisdictions, their investors and their consumers—to build their understanding of where there could be negative impacts on people occurring in their value chain. Where could the company inadvertently be relying on child labour? Forced labour? Workers who face reprisals for speaking … Continue reading Assessing Human Rights Risk in Company Supply Chains: What to look for

Business, People and Planet: Five updates from Q3 of 2020

Anna Triponel | September 2020 Welcome to Q4 of 2020!  Here are five updates for you from Q3 2020: 1. Due diligence laws are upon us! EU legislation on mandatory human rights due diligence is moving forward and on track to be introduced in 2021. Multiple EU entities are sharing comments to shape the proposed … Continue reading Business, People and Planet: Five updates from Q3 of 2020

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?