Environmental and human rights due diligence – The story so far and the new chapter starting in 2021

Anna Triponel | 26 February 2021 This article was first published in Just-Style here The past few years have been transformational for the apparel sector in terms of changing expectations on human rights and sustainability. But this is just the beginning, according to Anna Triponel, who looks at the story so far and the new chapter … Continue reading Environmental and human rights due diligence – The story so far and the new chapter starting in 2021

Responding to the military coup in Myanmar: what business can and should do

Anna Triponel and Paul R. Williams | 9 February 2021 This article was first published in LSE here A military convoy driving up to the parliament steps. Members of parliament and the country’s foremost political leader being detained and removed from public view. A state of emergency being declared, and cellular and internet services cut. … Continue reading Responding to the military coup in Myanmar: what business can and should do

The significance of the ‘people first’ approach in Biden’s transition to net zero.

Anna Triponel | December 2020 This article was first published in The Beam here Climate action could be at a turn-around with the election of Joe Biden. Mostly, because the new president and Kamala Harris have put climate justice and people first.  The election of Joe Biden and vice-president Kamala Harris is the most positive … Continue reading The significance of the ‘people first’ approach in Biden’s transition to net zero.

What is the mark you want to leave on the world?

Anna Triponel | 10 December 2020 This article was first published in Medium here Today is Human Rights Day. What a year it has been for us all. Anyone reading the news will know about the heightened human rights challenges we are facing — ranging from enhanced inequality and vulnerability to entrenched discrimination, and a greater … Continue reading What is the mark you want to leave on the world?

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