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

When it rains (HRDD legislation), it pours

Week of 21 March 2021 When it rains (HRDD legislation), it pours Hot on the heels of the European Parliament’s proposed text to conduct environmental and human rights due diligence along their full value chains, four Dutch political parties have introduced a similar bill to the Dutch Parliament. The proposed Bill for Responsible and Sustainable … Continue reading When it rains (HRDD legislation), it pours

Vision 2050: global companies call on all businesses to urgently lead the transformations that will enable 9+ billion people to live well, within planetary boundaries

Week of 21 March 2021 Vision 2050: global companies call on all businesses to urgently lead the transformations that will enable 9+ billion people to live well, within planetary boundaries A decade after members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development launched its “Vision 2050” defining goals for the well-being of people and planet, … Continue reading Vision 2050: global companies call on all businesses to urgently lead the transformations that will enable 9+ billion people to live well, within planetary boundaries

Due diligence by companies: are we talking about the same thing?

Week of 15 March 2021 Due diligence by companies: are we talking about the same thing? Two EU processes are currently under way that may lead to due diligence legislation. We discussed the first process, for broad corporate legislation, in our summary of the European Parliament’s approved text last week. This first process is in … Continue reading Due diligence by companies: are we talking about the same thing?