Hearing the human: direct engagement with rights-holders is the missing puzzle piece in HREDD legislation

Week of 11 October 2021 Hearing the human: direct engagement with rights-holders is the missing puzzle piece in HREDD legislation Our key takeaway: Creating space in human rights and environmental due diligence (HREDD) legislation for the voices of those most impacted by company practices on the ground is not a “nice-to-have” but a “must-do.” Human … Continue reading Hearing the human: direct engagement with rights-holders is the missing puzzle piece in HREDD legislation

Investors’ support for mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence is a neon sign lighting the direction of travel for companies

Week of 11 October 2021 Investors’ support for mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence is a neon sign lighting the direction of travel for companies Our key takeaway: Investors are increasingly throwing their weight behind forthcoming legislation on mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence in the EU (and beyond). This is a signal … Continue reading Investors’ support for mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence is a neon sign lighting the direction of travel for companies

Just in time for COP26: the UN Human Rights Council recognises the human right to clean, healthy and sustainable environment

Week of 11 October 2021 Just in time for COP26: the UN Human Rights Council recognises the human right to clean, healthy and sustainable environment Our key takeaway: The UN Human Rights Council has recognised the human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment. While the resolution does not have the weight of hard … Continue reading Just in time for COP26: the UN Human Rights Council recognises the human right to clean, healthy and sustainable environment

OHCHR finds that banks are expected to extend their environmental and human rights due diligence to custodian shareholding

Week of 4 October 2021 OHCHR finds that banks are expected to extend their environmental and human rights due diligence to custodian shareholding Our key takeaway: Banks are expected to extend their environmental and human rights due diligence to custodian shareholdings. OHCHR finds that banks have human rights responsibilities under the UN Guiding Principles when … Continue reading OHCHR finds that banks are expected to extend their environmental and human rights due diligence to custodian shareholding

GRI Standards 2021 have been updated to integrate the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Week of 4 October 2021 GRI Standards 2021 have been updated to integrate the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights Our key takeaway:  What matters in sustainability reporting is how an organisation impacts the economy, environment, and people – rather than how these areas impact the organisation. The GRI Standards’ update will support … Continue reading GRI Standards 2021 have been updated to integrate the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Sustainable systems are still out of reach in the food and agriculture sector

Week of 4 October 2021 Sustainable systems are still out of reach in the food and agriculture sector Our key takeaway: The top 350 companies in the food and agriculture sector employ more than 23 million people around the world, make up more than half of all global revenue in the sector and have disproportionate … Continue reading Sustainable systems are still out of reach in the food and agriculture sector

Calls for the upcoming EU directive on corporate due diligence to level the playing field by including components that remove barriers to justice

Week of 26 September 2021 Calls for the upcoming EU directive on corporate due diligence to level the playing field by including components that remove barriers to justice Our key takeaway: The deck is stacked against people who bring transboundary human rights lawsuits against EU-based companies. The upcoming EU directive on corporate due diligence offers … Continue reading Calls for the upcoming EU directive on corporate due diligence to level the playing field by including components that remove barriers to justice

“Rather than bending nature to produce food, food can be designed for nature to thrive”

Week of 26 September 2021 “Rather than bending nature to produce food, food can be designed for nature to thrive” Our key takeaway: The food sector is one of the biggest contributors to climate change and biodiversity loss, but its sheer size, scope and reach can be leveraged to mainstream better ways of farming, producing … Continue reading “Rather than bending nature to produce food, food can be designed for nature to thrive”

There are tangible steps companies should take now to take a human rights-based approach to climate change and be ready for an uncertain future ahead

Week of 26 September 2021 There are tangible steps companies should take now to take a human rights-based approach to climate change and be ready for an uncertain future ahead Our key takeaway: Business strategies can only be resilient if they consider the uncertain future and integrate concrete steps to apply a human rights-based approach … Continue reading There are tangible steps companies should take now to take a human rights-based approach to climate change and be ready for an uncertain future ahead

The climate crisis, migration and modern slavery collide to create a perfect storm – solutions must be cross-cutting and holistic

Week of 20 September 2021 The climate crisis, migration and modern slavery collide to create a perfect storm – solutions must be cross-cutting and holistic Our key takeaway: The inescapable reality of climate change-induced migration is driving millions of people into situations of economic vulnerability and increasing their risks of modern slavery. Solutions to these … Continue reading The climate crisis, migration and modern slavery collide to create a perfect storm – solutions must be cross-cutting and holistic