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Sustaining Sustainability

The intangible benefits that come from embedded sustainability behaviors take persistent effort to produce. But over time, they create differentiated …

MIT

Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership for Sustainability

Sustainability

Signs human rights are moving slowly up the agenda in corporate China

From food scandals to poor conditions in factories, the corporate human rights record of Chinese companies is poor. Could new laws and public calls for accountability be helping?<p>Recently the headlines in mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong have been full of the scandal of the Taiwanese firm Chang …

Companies can help advance human rights; Sochi shows they rarely do

The world's costliest Olympics has been built on exploitation, discrimination and a deafening silence, writes Ella Skybenko<p>The world will start watching the costliest Olympics in history today. And perhaps one of the most controversial.<p>The multi-billion pound prestige projects for the Sochi winter …

Rights & Freedoms

Brazil World Cup: Fifa and business miss an open goal for human rights

The World Cup should have a positive impact, but evictions, exclusion zones, homelessness and a lack of engagement from Fifa and corporate sponsors have left a nasty taste<p>The World Cup in Brazil could be the global sporting event of this century, combining Fifa, the wealthiest of sporting …

Human Rights

In China, big companies are learning the business of human rights

<i>Sophie Richardson is China Director at Human Rights Watch. Follow her on Twitter at @SophieHRW.</i><p>IBM and Ai Weiwei, L'Oreal and Liu Xiaobo, Daimler and the Dalai Lama. In many senses these aren't likely pairings, but suddenly it seems major international corporations and critics of the Chinese …

Rights & Freedoms

Supermarkets' struggle for economic survival must not come at expense of human rights

The emergence of discount supermarkets has led to a price war on groceries, but with new reports of low wages in the tomato supply chain, retailers mustn’t neglect human rights<p>“What is 60 dirhams [£4 a day] going to do for your livelihood?” asks Lahcen, a tomato picker in Morocco. His response is …

To respect human rights, fashion needs business, unions and governments

The living wage is central to human rights in business, but only a sector-wide approach can achieve one in the apparel industry<p>Last week the world remembered those who died in the world wars of the last century. In 1919, as men put down their weapons and went back to work or unemployment across …

Business and human rights: does reality match the rhetoric?

Companies say they support human rights but a new sustainability report suggests that few have detailed policies<p>While the relationship between business and human rights will always be a journey, not a destination, for many companies it seems that the hurdles are just getting higher.<p>Years of …

Human Rights

Are big banks short-selling their leverage over human rights?

A new paper released is a huge step for advancing UN principles on human rights, but stumbles on two points<p>Earlier this month, a handful of major European banks calling themselves the Thun Group released a "discussion paper" on how financial institutions should implement the UN Guiding Principles …

Human Rights

Slaves in the supply chain: 12 ways to clean up business

Are ethical audits actually useful? How do you incentivise due diligence? Our panel unpicks the politics and practicalities of supply chain transparency<p><b>Genevieve LeBaron, vice-chancellor's fellow in politics,</b> <b>University of Sheffield</b><b>. Sheffield, UK. @GLeBaron</b><p><b>Do not rely on audits, they are built</b> …

Sports News & Articles – Scores, Pictures, Videos

Former MLB All-Star Albert Belle was arrested Sunday on charges of indecent exposure and driving under the...

Human rights groups push companies to disclose more about conflict minerals

Laws will force firms to reveal whether they use minerals from Democratic Republic of Congo, but do they go far enough?<p>By May of next year, most companies in the US will be required to submit a report to the Securities and Exchange Commission disclosing whether they use conflict minerals from …

Human Rights

Business & human rights: the basics (part 1)

By Ulrike 3 Comments<p>For the past decade or so I have been keeping abreast of developments in business and human rights in Australia and abroad and …

Just Business: Multinational Corporations and Human Rights by John Gerard Ruggie - Ethics & International Affairs

<i>Just Business: Multinational Corporations and Human Rights</i><b>, John Gerard Ruggie</b> (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2013), 225 pp., $24.95 cloth.<p>Any …

advantages of human rights approach for corporate responsibility

By Ulrike Leave a Comment<p>The debate on business and human rights has become a central theme on the international and national corporate …

business & human rights the role of National Human Rights Commissions

By Ulrike 1 Comment<p>Today, following business and human rights: the basics (part 1) which included 4 key introductory texts for anybody wishing to …

Advancing human rights: three lessons for businesses

It's time to move from awareness to real action by businesses and governments to tangibly improve human rights, writes Faris Natour<p>For years, one big challenge of working at the intersection of business and human rights was explaining to my family what it is, exactly, that I do every day. In the …

Human Rights