MEPs pave the way for higher environmental standards

MEPs pave the way for higher environmental standards New EU law on due diligence will also cover human rights issues MEPs are urging companies and investors to focus on sustainability by paving the way for a new EU law that requires them to address human rights and environmental standards. A legislative report, published on 10 […]

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Investors back EU plan for human rights due diligence rules

Investors back EU plan for human rights due diligence rules The Investor Alliance for Human Rights wants mandatory, rather than voluntary, reporting and due diligence rules for corporations The Investor Alliance for Human Rights has called for EU companies to be held legally liable for human rights due diligence failures. In a response to an […]

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M&S takes action on China over human rights

The company will no longer use cotton from China’s Xinjiang region Marks & Spencer has become the first top-tier UK clothing company to formally announce it will cut all ties with suppliers that are connected to the forced labour of the Uyghur people. The announcement came as China faces growing pressure from the international community […]

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Former Delaware chief justice joins corporate governance law giant

A former senior judge and leading US advocate for workers’ rights has joined law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Kratz. Leo Strine, a former Delaware Supreme Court Chief Justice, is known for arguing that corporations should focus more on their workers. In his new role, he will be advising clients to care about their employees […]

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The UK government should impose a duty on all companies to prevent human rights abuses with the failure to do so becoming an offence, the parliamentary joint committee on human rights has recommended in its report on human rights and business. The committee inquiry had examined how the UK was currently implementing the European Convention […]

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The first-ever ranking of the world’s largest publicly listed companies on their human rights performance, the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) has been launched beginning with a pilot benchmark process. The final scores will be available in November this year. The 2016 pilot benchmark will rank the top 100 companies in the agricultural products, apparel, and extractive industries using […]

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