Child labourer breaking rocks

11 August, 2021

The UK has gone from leader to laggard on business and human rights

A year after the Modern Slavery Act came into force, then Prime Minister Theresa May was effusive in her praise for Section 54’s supply chain transparency requirement. It is, as she described it in ...
Hands in chains

7 July, 2021

Calls grow for tougher rules on human rights in supply chains

There is now major pressure for the UK to update its laws governing the way companies approach the risk of human rights abuses in their supply chains. Some form of action looks almost certain. Camp...
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25 June, 2021

MEPs protest over EU sustainable corporate governance measures

There is a clash under way in Brussels over the future of measures to introduce sustainable corporate governance across the European Union. This week members of the European Parliament wrote to com...
Tokyo skyline at night

6 May, 2021

Japan to include human rights reference in its corporate governance code

Japan is set to become the next country to commit to human rights supply chain due diligence. According to reports, a reference to human rights will be included in a
EU flag

3 November, 2020

Brussels pushes ahead with project for new European governance

Efforts by the European Commission to introduce new corporate governance laws have stepped up a gear, with a fresh consultation proposing mandatory human rights due diligence and new obligations on co...
Row of Adidas trainers

8 September, 2020

Corporate support builds for mandatory human rights due diligence

The drive for new European laws compelling companies to undertake mandatory human rights due diligence has received a boost: from companies themselves. Twenty-six large corporates have signed a let...
Weak link breaking a chain

10 August, 2020

Is human rights risk monitoring a weak link in your supply chain?

As supply chains have grown in complexity, a sizable monitoring industry has emerged, designed to assess human rights risks at suppliers to many companies. Codes of conduct, factory audits and certifi...

10 July, 2020

Boohoo supply chain under scrutiny after Leicester lockdown claims

It’s been a bad week for Boohoo, the fashion group. Following an exposé in The Sunday Times about pay and conditions at a supplier based in Leicester, the company—owner of brands such as...
human trafficking, hands tied with rope

24 April, 2020

Investors call for mandatory human rights due diligence

The issue of mandatory human rights due diligence for companies will not go away. This week a group of investors with $5trn in assets under management called on governments around the world to impose ...
Supermarket worker during Covid-19 pandemic

20 April, 2020

Businesses ‘must consider human rights’ amid pandemic response

Businesses across the world have a responsibility to observe human rights as they respond to the global Covid-19 pandemic, according to a leading think tank. The statement from the