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
Extinction Rebellion, climate change

23 December, 2019

2019: The year in governance

It’s that time we when we look back on 2019 and try to make sense of it all, impose some meaning and shape on the issues as they unfolded throughout the past 12 months. One thing we won’t do, h...
Nowegian flag, Norway human rights

6 December, 2019

Norway pushes for mandatory human rights due diligence

Norway has become the latest country to push for mandatory human rights due diligence, with large companies having to check their supply chains and face new reporting obligations on their actions to p...
Tory manifesto, Labour manifesto, Lib Dem manifesto, general election

25 November, 2019

Conservatives focus on executive pay and audit reform

Executive pay will be in the crosshairs of a new Tory government, should Boris Johnson be elected as prime minister, according to
Norwegian oil rig

15 November, 2019

Norges Bank excludes G4S from portfolio over human rights concerns

Boardrooms were delivered a blunt reminder this week that human rights cannot be ignored. Norges Bank, the $1,...
UN flag

21 October, 2019

UN treaty renews focus on the role of business in human rights

In recent week officials, diplomats and academics gathered at the United Nations in Geneva to debate the details of