This article was written by Anna Triponel* and John Sherman† and first published by the International Bar Association (IBA) on 17 May 2017, available here. Introduction On the evening of 23 March 2017, just as the deadline for a decision was approaching, the French Constitutional Court declared that the French law on the duty of vigilance (or duty … Continue reading Legislating human rights due diligence: opportunities and potential pitfalls to the French duty of vigilance law
This article draws upon research conducted by Anna Triponel and Natalia Agapitova for the Social Enterprise Innovations Program, Leadership, Learning and Innovation Vice Presidency of the World Bank Group. See Triponel, Anna; Agapitova, Natalia. 2017. Legal Frameworks for Social Enterprise : Lessons from a Comparative Study of Italy, Malaysia, South Korea, United Kingdom, and United … Continue reading Structuring and Defining Social Enterprise
In 2016, nine law firms initiated the Law Firm Business and Human Rights Peer Learning Process. This Law Firm Peer Learning Process seeks to: Drive increased engagement by the legal profession with business and human rights developments, building on the IBA Practical Guide and Reference Annex, as well as the leadership of individual bar … Continue reading The Law Firm Business and Human Rights Peer Learning Process
This article was first published by Practical Law on 11 July 2016, available here. This article looks at the International Bar Association's guidance on applying the UN Guiding Principles and provides information on steps that law firms can take to be seen as counsellors on business and human rights issues as well as trusted advisors. Anna Triponel 11 July 2016 What is … Continue reading Respecting business and human rights: IBA’s guidance on applying the UN Guiding Principles
In April 2016, the UN Global Compact and Shift organized a webinar for companies which explained the importance of integrating human rights considerations into M&A processes and provided guidance on how companies can do so. I facilitated the webinar on behalf of Shift and invited two companies who are members of Shift’s Business Learning Program, … Continue reading Human Rights for M&A Teams: lessons learned from company practice
This article was first published on June 21, 2016 on the Practical Law In-House Blog (here). photo: Reuters, Jason Lee Anna Triponel At a recent panel I spoke at relating to the Modern Slavery Act (MSA), the Home Office representative was showered with questions regarding the transparency in supply chains provision (Section 54, MSA). This provision … Continue reading Modern Slavery Act: vital insights from soft law
Anna Triponel The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Docket June's Feature Article (2016), originally published here Reprinted with the permission of Anna Triponel and the Association of Corporate Counsel as it originally appeared: Anna Triponel, “What Do Human Rights have to Do with Mergers and Acquisitions?”, ACC Docket June 2016: pp. 26-35. Copyright © 2016, the … Continue reading What Do Human Rights have to Do with Mergers and Acquisitions?
Anna Triponel This article was first published on March 22, 2016 as a guest blog post on the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre's website (here). Aligning the Bill with the expectations already laid out in the UN Guiding Principles would be a good starting point. The debate on the French Bill relating to the duty of … Continue reading Can a Consensus Be Reached on the French Duty of Care Bill?
10 February 2016 Institutional investors are increasingly seeking to look beyond typical environmental, social and governance issues to identify and address risks to the business resulting from mismanagement of human rights issues. Companies and their investors are frequently unaware of the sheer extent of the costs incurred or value foregone when companies fail to identify … Continue reading Investors are increasingly weaving human rights considerations into their investment decisions
The world companies are operating in is changing, and forward-looking lawyers are changing with it. 10 February 2016 Laws are rapidly evolving in the field of business and human rights. By way of example: In the UK, the Companies Act was revised to require listed companies to provide human rights information in their reporting to shareholders. … Continue reading A changing world for lawyers