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What has the UN Human Rights Council said about human rights and the environment?

Week of 12 April 2021 What has the UN Human Rights Council said about human rights and the environment? Our key takeaway: The UN Human Rights Council takes the discussion on the right to a healthy environment one step further, and calls for a rights-based approach to biodiversity in the process. Three takeaways: On 17 … Continue reading What has the UN Human Rights Council said about human rights and the environment?

What is the link between climate change and contemporary slavery?

Week of 12 April 2021 What is the link between climate change and contemporary slavery? Our key takeaway: Climate change increases modern slavery, but in turn we can tackle climate change by empowering migrants and vulnerable people. Let’s switch the vicious circle to a virtuous circle.Three key points:According to research conducted by Anti-Slavery International and … Continue reading What is the link between climate change and contemporary slavery?

Where are we when it comes to the state of transition to a low-carbon economy?

Week of 12 April 2021 Where are we when it comes to the state of transition to a low-carbon economy? Our key takeaway: On track to a low-carbon economy? What track? 85% of companies do not align with the Below 2°C benchmark in 2050, and no company in any sector is reducing emissions fast enough … Continue reading Where are we when it comes to the state of transition to a low-carbon economy?

Building Back Better will not be successful if it is built on a house of cards of fragile debt burdens

Week of 5 April 2021 Building Back Better will not be successful if it is built on a house of cards of fragile debt burdens A new paper by the multi-stakeholder Predistribution Initiative finds that:Factors such as the consolidation of capital amongst institutional investors and the resulting capital flows; increasing corporate debt burdens; the mix … Continue reading Building Back Better will not be successful if it is built on a house of cards of fragile debt burdens

Is transitioning to a circular society the only way forward for the renewable energy and extractive sectors?

Week of 5 April 2021 Is transitioning to a circular society the only way forward for the renewable energy and extractive sectors? Investment in renewable energy and technology is accelerating quickly. This is a win for climate, but not a straightforward one: renewable tech requires extracting transition minerals, which poses risks for people and nature … Continue reading Is transitioning to a circular society the only way forward for the renewable energy and extractive sectors?

Implementation of a sustainable food sector requires stamina from companies

Week of 5 April 2021 Implementation of a sustainable food sector requires stamina from companies Food and beverage companies are making progress through their policies to promote women’s economic empowerment, secure land rights and limit greenhouse gas emissions in their supply chains, but implementation on the ground remains uneven, a report from Oxfam finds. But … Continue reading Implementation of a sustainable food sector requires stamina from companies

Call to action for investors: Make 2021 the year of stewardship for people and planet

Week of 29 March 2021 Call to action for investors: Make 2021 the year of stewardship for people and planet Investor responsibility NGO ShareAction has compiled a list of the top 13 “most important ESG resolutions” on the table for shareholders to vote on during Annual General Meetings (AGM) over the coming months. ShareAction is … Continue reading Call to action for investors: Make 2021 the year of stewardship for people and planet

What does it mean for a company to make progress towards a just transition?

Week of 29 March 2021 What does it mean for a company to make progress towards a just transition? Following the launch of its Just Transition framework in February 2021 (you can read our overview of the framework here) non-profit organisation the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) has published its draft methodology to assess 450 companies on their … Continue reading What does it mean for a company to make progress towards a just transition?

COVID has widened the gender gap: it will now take 135.6 years to close the gap worldwide

Week of 29 March 2021 COVID has widened the gender gap: it will now take 135.6 years to close the gap worldwide The World Economic Forum’s 2021 Gender Gap Report is out, and it shows that we are falling behind on ensuring equal opportunity for men and women globally. The biggest reason is the COVID-19 … Continue reading COVID has widened the gender gap: it will now take 135.6 years to close the gap worldwide

FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board suggests a pathway for FIFA moving forward

Week of 21 March 2021 FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board suggests a pathway for FIFA moving forward As it ends its second and final two-year mandate, the FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board commends FIFA for its “significant progress” and for leading the way to embed respect for human rights in sports bodies. Ultimately, in its … Continue reading FIFA Human Rights Advisory Board suggests a pathway for FIFA moving forward