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What is the latest environmental and human rights due diligence legal development in Belgium?

Week of 26 April 2021 What is the latest environmental and human rights due diligence legal development in Belgium? Our key takeaway: When it rains (mandatory environmental and human rights due diligence laws), it pours. Umbrellas may be needed in Brussels soon. On 22 April 2021, the Belgian Federal Parliament voted to consider a legal proposal … Continue reading What is the latest environmental and human rights due diligence legal development in Belgium?

What just happened at the EU level with regard to sustainability reporting?

Week of 26 April 2021 What just happened at the EU level with regard to sustainability reporting? Our key takeaway: Coming up at the EU – more companies to report on sustainability, using more uniform definitions – that in turn will have ripple effects across global sustainability reporting. On 21 April 2021, the European Commission announced … Continue reading What just happened at the EU level with regard to sustainability reporting?

How can the move toward zero-carbon economies benefit workers and communities?

Week of 19 April 2021 How can the move toward zero-carbon economies benefit workers and communities? Our key takeaway: Just transition is possible because it’s happening. It needs to integrate social dialogue with people across the community who are impacted when a major local industry closes, beyond immediate workers, and consider how taxes from fossil … Continue reading How can the move toward zero-carbon economies benefit workers and communities?

What does the new European Climate Law say?

Week of 19 April 2021 What does the new European Climate Law say? Our key takeaway: The EU’s commitment to reach climate neutrality by 2050 has moved beyond political ambition to the law!On 21 April 2021, the EU adopted the European Climate Law which:Enshrines the EU's commitment to reach climate neutrality by 2050 into law. … Continue reading What does the new European Climate Law say?

What are the new climate targets resulting from the Earth Day Summit in Washington?

Week of 19 April 2021 What are the new climate targets resulting from the Earth Day Summit in Washington? Our key takeaway: Biden commits to cut the U.S. emissions at least in half by 2030 (when compared to 2005 levels). This is ambitious – although not as ambitious as the UK or Europe, not yet … Continue reading What are the new climate targets resulting from the Earth Day Summit in Washington?

Human rights and environmental due diligence: a new legal duty for companies (Thomson Reuters Video with Anna Triponel)

Anna Triponel | 12 April 2021 In this conversation with Thomson Reuters Practical Law, Anna Triponel talks about recent developments at the EU level when it comes to human rights and environmental due diligence. Anna summarises these developments, explains what they mean for companies, clarifies who will be subject to them, and provides some tips … Continue reading Human rights and environmental due diligence: a new legal duty for companies (Thomson Reuters Video with Anna Triponel)

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