chair, 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,...
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
German Reichstag, Germany

12 September, 2019

Campaigners call for German supply chain law to protect human rights

German companies face calls for a new supply chain law designed to protect against environmental and human rights abuses in the production of the goods and services they buy. This week a coalition ...
OECD Principles, responsible business

12 September, 2018

Responsible business conduct: the OECD way

Businesses now have the latest tool to aid them in their efforts to trade responsibly. The
Ethical, ethics, Scrabble

1 June, 2018

OECD publishes guidance on responsible business due diligence

Forty-eight countries have signed up to OECD guidance on due diligence for responsible business conduct. The
supply chain protection

9 March, 2018

Stepping up supply chain protection

There is a global expectation today that all companies respect human rights—that is, the rights of their workers and those whom their operations affect. But social issues, which tend t...