The global pandemic brings an opportunity for food retailers to recognize workers’ and farmers’ true value. A “transformative change” would include designing meaningful metrics, enabling senior ownership, incentivizing suppliers, training purchasing and supply chain management to become champions of human rights due diligence, pushing investors to take a long-term stakeholder value approach and engaging in advocacy with governments (Oxfam)

Week of 20 July 2020 The global pandemic brings an opportunity for food retailers to recognize workers’ and farmers’ true value. A “transformative change” would include designing meaningful metrics, enabling senior ownership, incentivizing suppliers, training purchasing and supply chain management to become champions of human rights due diligence, pushing investors to take a long-term stakeholder … Continue reading The global pandemic brings an opportunity for food retailers to recognize workers’ and farmers’ true value. A “transformative change” would include designing meaningful metrics, enabling senior ownership, incentivizing suppliers, training purchasing and supply chain management to become champions of human rights due diligence, pushing investors to take a long-term stakeholder value approach and engaging in advocacy with governments (Oxfam)

A review of 40 standard-setting multi-stakeholder initiatives shows that such initiatives can play the role of bringing stakeholders together to influence norms and laws, but are failing to strengthen corporate accountability, transparency and access to remedy for human rights impacts (MSI Integrity)

Week of 20 July 2020 A review of 40 standard-setting multi-stakeholder initiatives shows that such initiatives can play the role of bringing stakeholders together to influence norms and laws, but are failing to strengthen corporate accountability, transparency and access to remedy for human rights impacts (MSI Integrity) The Institute for Multi-Stakeholder Initiative Integrity (MSI Integrity) … Continue reading A review of 40 standard-setting multi-stakeholder initiatives shows that such initiatives can play the role of bringing stakeholders together to influence norms and laws, but are failing to strengthen corporate accountability, transparency and access to remedy for human rights impacts (MSI Integrity)

Commodity-driven deforestation is linked to climate change and poses risks to investors and companies, as well as to broader society; meeting climate targets requires addressing supply chain deforestation and there are a number of areas related to targets, policy, supply chain implementation and disclosure that investors should push companies on (Ceres)

Week of 13 July 2020 Commodity-driven deforestation is linked to climate change and poses risks to investors and companies, as well as to broader society; meeting climate targets requires addressing supply chain deforestation and there are a number of areas related to targets, policy, supply chain implementation and disclosure that investors should push companies on … Continue reading Commodity-driven deforestation is linked to climate change and poses risks to investors and companies, as well as to broader society; meeting climate targets requires addressing supply chain deforestation and there are a number of areas related to targets, policy, supply chain implementation and disclosure that investors should push companies on (Ceres)

Five strategies used by companies to avoid responsibility (for human rights and environmental impacts) are constructing deniability, avoiding liability through judicial strategies, distracting and obfuscating, undermining defenders and communities and utilising state power (Mind The Gap)

Week of 13 July 2020 Five strategies used by companies to avoid responsibility (for human rights and environmental impacts) are constructing deniability, avoiding liability through judicial strategies, distracting and obfuscating, undermining defenders and communities and utilising state power (Mind The Gap) The Mind The Gap consortium (comprising eleven civil society organisations - ACIDH, Afrewatch, Al … Continue reading Five strategies used by companies to avoid responsibility (for human rights and environmental impacts) are constructing deniability, avoiding liability through judicial strategies, distracting and obfuscating, undermining defenders and communities and utilising state power (Mind The Gap)

Momentum is building quickly for mandatory human rights diligence legislation; effective legislation needs to take into account scope, substance, enforcement mechanisms, policy coherence and consistency across jurisdictions (OHCHR)

Week of 13 July 2020 Momentum is building quickly for mandatory human rights diligence legislation; effective legislation needs to take into account scope, substance, enforcement mechanisms, policy coherence and consistency across jurisdictions (OHCHR) Momentum continues to build globally for new mandatory human rights due diligence legislation (mHRDD)—most recently in the EU, Germany and Switzerland, among … Continue reading Momentum is building quickly for mandatory human rights diligence legislation; effective legislation needs to take into account scope, substance, enforcement mechanisms, policy coherence and consistency across jurisdictions (OHCHR)

As the COVID-19 pandemic creates a “new normal” for countries, companies and communities globally, upcoming trends include the strengthening of the sustainable energy transition, the shift to sustainable transportation options, a greater need for improved ESG data and for credit ratings agencies to play a stronger role, and the push from citizens and consumers for governments and companies to be taking actions aimed at addressing climate change (Generation Investment Management LLP)

Week of 6 July 2020 As the COVID-19 pandemic creates a “new normal” for countries, companies and communities globally, upcoming trends include the strengthening of the sustainable energy transition, the shift to sustainable transportation options, a greater need for improved ESG data and for credit ratings agencies to play a stronger role, and the push … Continue reading As the COVID-19 pandemic creates a “new normal” for countries, companies and communities globally, upcoming trends include the strengthening of the sustainable energy transition, the shift to sustainable transportation options, a greater need for improved ESG data and for credit ratings agencies to play a stronger role, and the push from citizens and consumers for governments and companies to be taking actions aimed at addressing climate change (Generation Investment Management LLP)

The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear appeals by Nestlé and Cargill to dismiss allegations of complicity in child labor and slavery in cocoa supply chains in Côte d’Ivoire; the Supreme Court’s decision will have significant implications on the use of the Alien Tort Statute to bring U.S. companies to court for violations of international human rights law abroad (John Doe I et al v. Nestlé et al)

Week of 6 July 2020 The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear appeals by Nestlé and Cargill to dismiss allegations of complicity in child labor and slavery in cocoa supply chains in Côte d'Ivoire; the Supreme Court’s decision will have significant implications on the use of the Alien Tort Statute to bring U.S. companies to … Continue reading The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear appeals by Nestlé and Cargill to dismiss allegations of complicity in child labor and slavery in cocoa supply chains in Côte d’Ivoire; the Supreme Court’s decision will have significant implications on the use of the Alien Tort Statute to bring U.S. companies to court for violations of international human rights law abroad (John Doe I et al v. Nestlé et al)

As the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights launches the UNGPs10+/NextDecadeBHR project, global leaders reflect on priorities, including national and EU due diligence legislation, protection of environmental and human rights defenders, access to remedy for victims, a just climate transition, the role of investors and alignment with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

Week of 6 July 2020 As the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights launches the UNGPs10+/NextDecadeBHR project, global leaders reflect on priorities, including national and EU due diligence legislation, protection of environmental and human rights defenders, access to remedy for victims, a just climate transition, the role of investors and alignment with the … Continue reading As the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights launches the UNGPs10+/NextDecadeBHR project, global leaders reflect on priorities, including national and EU due diligence legislation, protection of environmental and human rights defenders, access to remedy for victims, a just climate transition, the role of investors and alignment with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

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)