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Enforcing environmental and human rights in the EU: the golden opportunity of the EU Sustainable Corporate Governance Initiative

The following captures remarks made by Anna Triponel at the hearing ‘Environmental Protection as a Prerequisite for Respect for Fundamental Rights’ convened by the European Economic and Social Committee on 17 September 2021. Anna Triponel | 17 September 2021 Thank you for the opportunity today to join such an important, and timely, discussion. My name … Continue reading Enforcing environmental and human rights in the EU: the golden opportunity of the EU Sustainable Corporate Governance Initiative

A company can be charged with complicity in crimes against humanity for human rights abuses committed abroad

Week of 13 September 2021 A company can be charged with complicity in crimes against humanity for human rights abuses committed abroad Our key takeaway: What happens in conflict zones does not stay in conflict zones. A company can be charged with complicity in crimes against humanity for human rights abuses committed abroad – even … Continue reading A company can be charged with complicity in crimes against humanity for human rights abuses committed abroad

Growing calls for a framework for the legal recognition of the Rights of Nature at the EU

Week of 13 September 2021 Growing calls for a framework for the legal recognition of the Rights of Nature at the EU Our key takeaway: There are growing calls for a framework for the legal recognition of the Rights of Nature at the EU, which in turn would enable an improved relationship between human beings … Continue reading Growing calls for a framework for the legal recognition of the Rights of Nature at the EU

2020 saw yet another an increase in murders of human rights and environmental defenders

Week of 13 September 2021 2020 saw yet another an increase in murders of human rights and environmental defenders Our key takeaway: 2020 was the worst year on record for human rights and environmental defenders, with at least 227 people killed for defending their homes, land and livelihoods, and the ecosystems vital for biodiversity and … Continue reading 2020 saw yet another an increase in murders of human rights and environmental defenders

What will it take to make the EU Social Taxonomy work for both people and planet?

Week of 6 September 2021 What will it take to make the EU Social Taxonomy work for both people and planet? Our key takeaway: The EU Social Taxonomy has the opportunity to define global standards for investors on both environmental and social sustainability, but doing this effectively requires an approach grounded in human rights principles … Continue reading What will it take to make the EU Social Taxonomy work for both people and planet?

Is human rights due diligence about process, or about outcomes?

Week of 6 September 2021 Is human rights due diligence about process, or about outcomes? Our key takeaway: As we seek to design effective due diligence laws, we can’t lose sight of what human rights due diligence is intended to achieve: improved outcomes for people in practice.As discussions regarding how to legislate human rights due … Continue reading Is human rights due diligence about process, or about outcomes?

What are human rights considerations for employers considering mandatory vaccination programmes?

Week of 6 September 2021 What are human rights considerations for employers considering mandatory vaccination programmes? Our key takeaway: Employers are expected to take a rights-based approach to the decision of whether to mandate vaccinations for employees. This entails considerations related to necessity, reasonableness, proportionality, non-discrimination, transparency and recourse.In the midst of a growing number … Continue reading What are human rights considerations for employers considering mandatory vaccination programmes?

How can engaging with food companies help investors decarbonise their portfolios?

Week of 6 September 2021 How can engaging with food companies help investors decarbonise their portfolios? Our key takeaway: The food and beverage sector is a major piece of the carbon puzzle, accounting for one-third of GHG emissions globally, mostly in the supply chain (Scope 3). To reduce their own climate risk, investors should engage … Continue reading How can engaging with food companies help investors decarbonise their portfolios?

How does leverage help financial institutions improve outcomes for people?

Week of 9 August 2021 How does leverage help financial institutions improve outcomes for people? Our key takeaway: For leading financial institutions, using leverage when engaging with clients on human rights is a valuable tool in the toolbox. Instead of retroactively applying pressure on clients to do damage control following negative human rights impacts, sophisticated … Continue reading How does leverage help financial institutions improve outcomes for people?

How can companies’ and governments’ net zero plans actually get us…to net zero?

Week of 9 August 2021 How can companies’ and governments’ net zero plans actually get us … to net zero? Our key takeaway: Net zero plans that do anything short of committing to reduce GHG emissions are not worth the (recycled) paper they’re printed on. Plans that rely heavily on carbon removal strategies are both … Continue reading How can companies’ and governments’ net zero plans actually get us…to net zero?