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Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility refers to a business model that incorporates self-regulation mechanisms and aims to ensure better corporate compliance with ethical standards and international norms. Some... more +
Corporate Social Responsibility refers to a business model that incorporates self-regulation mechanisms and aims to ensure better corporate compliance with ethical standards and international norms. Some businesses approach the concept of corporate social responsibility more generally and define it as efforts to limit businesses' negative environmental and social impacts.  less -

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - December 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a revised Toolkit on National Action Plans on business and human...more

Activist Versus Institutional Investors, and the Role of Sustainability

Sustainability concepts are now widely accepted as legitimate, mainstream considerations for boards of directors and corporate management. As a result, many companies now routinely consider the long-term impact on their...more

Charting the Growth of Human Rights and Ethical Reporting in the EU

Increasingly, businesses across Europe must report on a wide range of ethical and related matters in addition to publishing their financial results. Requirements for businesses to undertake non-financial reporting have...more

Switzerland: The next frontier for mandatory human rights due diligence?

by Hogan Lovells on

Proposals are being considered to amend the Swiss constitution to require mandatory human rights due diligence for companies based in Switzerland. This post considers the contents of the amendment, its progress and what Swiss...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - November 2017 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a look ahead at the upcoming UN Forum on Business and Human Rights;...more

Forced Labor and North Korean Workers: New Concerns for Importers

In Washington, D.C., the news this week focused on President Trump’s decision to designate (or redesignate) North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. For companies importing goods into the United States, developments this...more

UK Advice on Mental Health in Advertising

by Hogan Lovells on

On the back of a number of high profile initiatives to raise awareness of mental health issues in the UK this year, the UK Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has published a timely reminder for advertisers of how mental...more

Six Specific Areas to Embed and Promote Business Ethics (Part III of IV)

by Michael Volkov on

The challenge for corporations is to build practical approaches to business ethics and its specific corporate values. Business ethics as a field is all well and good but we need to start sharing specific and practical...more

United Nations Continues its Development of a Treaty Imposing Liability on Companies for Human Rights Abuses

by Littler on

An ongoing debate exists regarding the nature and extent to which transnational companies should be held directly and legally liable for human rights impacts. Much of this debate has involved calls for additional regulation...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - November 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: the formal withdrawal of the United States from the EITI; the...more

China Prioritises Environmental, Social, and Governance Factors in Overseas Investment

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Chinese government has announced a US$4 trillion investment in developing infrastructure globally under the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI). Under the BRI the Chinese government will spend US$750 billion on overseas...more

A binding treaty on business and human rights? Still a way to go.

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week (23-27 October 2017), the third round of negotiations on a binding international treaty on business and human rights concluded.  In this post we consider what (if any) progress has been made and what the sticking...more

Strict Liability and Human Rights Due Diligence – too little too early?

by Hogan Lovells on

It was a pleasure to speak in Geneva earlier this month at a consultation hosted by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (“OHCHR“) on the scope for making businesses strictly liable for human...more

Modern Slavery Guidance Updated by UK’s Home Office

Updated Home Office guidance provides more detail of expected best practices and encourages smaller businesses to make a slavery and human trafficking statement even if not legally required. • Larger businesses must...more

France's Department of Labor Issues Guidance on New Corporate Social Responsibility Obligations

by Littler on

Following the introduction of new corporate social responsibility obligations for collaborative platforms towards independent workers, the French Department of Labor published guidance to clarify the scope of this...more

Human Rights Considerations & Best Practices for Energy Companies

by King & Spalding on

International human rights laws and norms are increasingly playing a role in shaping how energy companies conduct their business all over the world. Shareholders increasingly demand compliance with human rights norms;...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - October 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a paper from on the proposed draft elements for an international...more

New Standards of Conduct for Companies Seeking to Operate with Respect for the Rights of LGBTI People

On September 26, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights released new Standards of Conduct intended to support the business community in tackling discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex...more

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Rana Plaza Class Action

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On July 5, 2017, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released a 129-page decision in the Rana Plaza class action (Das v George Weston Limited, 2017 ONSC 4129), a proposed class action brought in Ontario on behalf of...more

Corporate social responsibility and diversity policies: comply or explain

by White & Case LLP on

On 11 September 2017, Belgium published a new bill requiring certain large companies to disclose "non-financial" (relating to social, environmental and employee matters, protection for human rights, anti-corruption and...more

Time to End Gender Apartheid: Growing Up as Girls: Cultural and Structural Barriers

by Atma Global on

We’ve reached a global consensus that racial apartheid is wrong; let’s at least now raise the floor and recognize that gender apartheid is also morally wrong. Despite the progress toward gender equality that we have made in...more

Episode 22: Social Impact Programs: Why Purpose Makes a Difference

by Akerman LLP on

Matt welcomes Leigh Ollman, Director of AkermanX. Leigh drives the firm’s innovation initiatives with a special focus on R&D and social impact. In this episode, Leigh and Matt discuss how to build successful corporate...more

Mandatory Disclosure: Belgium Requires Large Companies to Provide Certain Non-Financial Information

by Jones Day on

The Background: On September 3, 2017, Belgium adopted a law implementing EC Directive 2014/95/EU on the disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by certain large undertakings and groups. - The Result: Under...more

Risky Business: Mitigating Exposure Through Comprehensive Risk Management

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Ropes & Gray is pleased to share “Risky Business,” a comprehensive report on trends and best practices in risk management. Based on a survey by FT Remark, a research service from the Financial Times that interviewed 300...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber’s got more than a spot of bother on its hands in London after this morning’s announcement that the company’s largest market in Europe won’t renew the ride-hailing service’s license to operate in the city (citing “a lack...more

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