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 ...
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
Sign at protest after the death of George Floyd

4 November, 2020

Can business leaders be more effective human rights advocates?

Recent events have once again posed questions about the role of business in society, particularly when it comes to issues of systemic discrimination and inequality. Business speaking out on issues of ...
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...
SIngle red chair in a white boardroom

21 May, 2020

‘Chairman contagion’ highlighted as growing reputational risk

“Chairman contagion”—the process of trouble afflicting a shared chair spreading from one portfolio company to another—is among the key reputational risks identified by chief executives and com...
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
2020 sign

2 January, 2020

Key trends in corporate governance for 2020

'The government needs to push through key business reforms' Roger Barker, head of corporate governance at the
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,...