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What are specificities of climate change that need to be considered when applying human rights due diligence?

Week of 7 June 2021 What are specificities of climate change that need to be considered when applying human rights due diligence? Our key takeaway: The specificities of climate change need to be taken into account in order to most effectively apply human rights due diligence to climate change. A human rights due diligence ‘plus’ … Continue reading What are specificities of climate change that need to be considered when applying human rights due diligence?

How is the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to impact workers globally?

Week of 7 June 2021 How is the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to impact workers globally? Our key takeaway: The pandemic’s acute impacts on people, from loss of income to poverty to increased inequality, will continue to reverberate without effective policy interventions that promote worker well-being, decent wages and a just transition. The ILO published the … Continue reading How is the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to impact workers globally?

What might be hindering investors’ ability to integrate the S into ESG?

Week of 7 June 2021 What might be hindering investors’ ability to integrate the S into ESG? Our key takeaway: De-bunking misconceptions about integrating the “S” into ESG is a necessary step forward for investors. The next is ensuring that social indicators used by investors are meaningful. The ESG Working Group—a cross-sector coalition of organisations, … Continue reading What might be hindering investors’ ability to integrate the S into ESG?

How did the pandemic affect child labour?

Week of 31 May 2021 How did the pandemic affect child labour? Our key takeaway: Massive school closures + unprecedented loss of jobs = surge in child labour. Focus needs to be placed on alleviating poverty and supporting adult employment to stop children from being supply chain workers.NGOs Human Rights Watch, Friends of the Nation … Continue reading How did the pandemic affect child labour?

What has the European Parliament just said on the environment, climate and human rights?

Week of 31 May 2021 What has the European Parliament just said on the environment, climate and human rights? Our key takeaway: The European Parliament has a clear message for the EU and its member states: integrate the environment and human rights together in policies, actions and practice.The European Parliament adopted a resolution on 19 … Continue reading What has the European Parliament just said on the environment, climate and human rights?

How can companies advance a people-centred approach to climate action?

Week of 31 May 2021 How can companies advance a people-centred approach to climate action? Our key takeaway: “Unless we listen, we can only impose solutions.” Engaging with climate justice as business leaders starts with listening to impacted people, and entails raising comfort levels with uncertainty and gradual evolution. It also means connecting the dots … Continue reading How can companies advance a people-centred approach to climate action?

What are apparel and footwear companies doing to ensure the well-being of workers in their supply chains?

Week of 24 May 2021 What are apparel and footwear companies doing to ensure the well-being of workers in their supply chains? Our key takeaway: Apparel and footwear companies’ efforts to protect supply chain workers are still lacking, and focus needs to be on purchasing practices and remedy. Progress has been made on prohibiting recruitment … Continue reading What are apparel and footwear companies doing to ensure the well-being of workers in their supply chains?

How can companies create effective human rights-related indicators?

Week of 24 May 2021 How can companies create effective human rights-related indicators? Our key takeaway: Effective indicators are important, because they help ensure that companies deliver improved outcomes for workers, consumers and communities. Effectiveness includes focusing on measuring the desired changes in human behaviour (rather than focusing on outputs), and including stakeholders in the … Continue reading How can companies create effective human rights-related indicators?

What is the future for the energy sector?

Week of 24 May 2021 What is the future for the energy sector? Our key takeaway: Human rights-based court cases against oil majors have started, and the latest one against Shell was successful. We are just seeing the tip of the iceberg until major transformation of energy business models occurs (plus, the Paris Agreement and … Continue reading What is the future for the energy sector?

How can companies ensure respect for LGBTI people?

Week of 17 May 2021 How can companies ensure respect for LGBTI people? Our key takeaway: Ensuring respect for the rights of LGBTI people (employees, suppliers, customers and beyond) requires companies to use the lens of the UN Guiding Principles—but with careful consideration for the particular risks and challenges faced by LGBTI people globally and … Continue reading How can companies ensure respect for LGBTI people?