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Insetting as supporting the transformational change to net zero and nature positive value chains for agricultural companies

Insetting as supporting the transformational change to net zero and nature positive value chains for agricultural companies Our key takeaway: Intensive agricultural practices drive biodiversity loss and climate change. At the same time, there are limits to what due diligence and certifications can achieve when it comes to achieving the transformational change to net zero … Continue reading Insetting as supporting the transformational change to net zero and nature positive value chains for agricultural companies

Human rights due diligence applied to the energy transitions in Ethiopia and Kenya

Human rights due diligence applied to the energy transitions in Ethiopia and Kenya Our key takeaway: Leapfrogging to renewable energy is a must as governments seek to implement their Paris Agreement-related commitments. However, this energy transition is not without risks, and can create, or exacerbate, adverse human rights impacts. The Danish Institute for Human Rights … Continue reading Human rights due diligence applied to the energy transitions in Ethiopia and Kenya

The Russian invasion of Ukraine pushes companies to consider their actions: these should be informed by the UNGPs and international humanitarian law

The Russian invasion of Ukraine pushes companies to consider their actions: these should be informed by the UNGPs and international humanitarian law Our key takeaway: The Russian invasion of Ukraine has triggered a range of important questions for companies: what should they do, and how? There is no one answer, and a lot will depend … Continue reading The Russian invasion of Ukraine pushes companies to consider their actions: these should be informed by the UNGPs and international humanitarian law

Creating and implementing a grievance mechanism in Mozambique: lessons learned from Gemfields 

4 March 2022 On March 4th, I was invited to present at the UN Office of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)’s consultation related to its Accountability and Remedy Project (ARP). The session was focused on human rights due diligence regimes and private grievance mechanisms. Here are the remarks from that session. You … Continue reading Creating and implementing a grievance mechanism in Mozambique: lessons learned from Gemfields 

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expects companies to address the inextricable link between climate change, the environment and human rights

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expects companies to address the inextricable link between climate change, the environment and human rights Our key takeaway: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) reinforces the inextricable link between climate change, the environment and human rights. Climate impacts represent “a major threat to the enjoyment of a … Continue reading The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expects companies to address the inextricable link between climate change, the environment and human rights

Investors: Push companies to set 1.5-degree aligned goals for Scopes 1, 2 and 3 emissions and to move away from offsetting

Investors: Push companies to set 1.5-degree aligned goals for Scopes 1, 2 and 3 emissions and to move away from offsetting Our key takeaway: An “overwhelming majority” of 55 large U.S. corporations are falling behind on their climate approach and failing to set GHG emissions goals in line with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5-degree limit. As … Continue reading Investors: Push companies to set 1.5-degree aligned goals for Scopes 1, 2 and 3 emissions and to move away from offsetting

The European Commission moves forward on a trade ban for forced labour as part of the EU’s commitment to champion decent work both at home and around the world

The European Commission moves forward on a trade ban for forced labour as part of the EU’s commitment to champion decent work both at home and around the world Our key takeaway: The European Commission has sent a clear message in its Communication on Decent Work Worldwide: the EU wants to champion decent work, both … Continue reading The European Commission moves forward on a trade ban for forced labour as part of the EU’s commitment to champion decent work both at home and around the world

The proposed extension of the EU taxonomy to include a social taxonomy

The proposed extension of the EU taxonomy to include a social taxonomy Our key takeaway: It’s critical to help investors cut through the noise and evaluate what is genuinely a social investment and what they can finance that would contribute substantially to achieving social objectives. The proposed social taxonomy, to complement the environmental angle of … Continue reading The proposed extension of the EU taxonomy to include a social taxonomy

Discussions on the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence (CSDD) Directive begin in earnest

Week of 28 February 2022 Discussions on the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence (CSDD) Directive begin in earnest Our key takeaway: Everyone is talking about ‘CSDD.’ What is this new directive that would require companies to conduct human rights and environmental due diligence, and what will it ultimately look like? Discussions are starting at every level … Continue reading Discussions on the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence (CSDD) Directive begin in earnest

IPCC: The extent and magnitude of climate change is even worse than we thought, and urgent action to secure a liveable future is needed now

Week of 28 February 2022 IPCC: The extent and magnitude of climate change is even worse than we thought, and urgent action to secure a liveable future is needed now Our key takeaway: “The scientific evidence is unequivocal: climate change is a threat to human well-being and the health of the planet. Any further delay … Continue reading IPCC: The extent and magnitude of climate change is even worse than we thought, and urgent action to secure a liveable future is needed now