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Mars, Tesco, Vinci and GE Join Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment - news

By Brian Collett — Four large companies have signed up to the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment, an international business alliance campaigning to eliminate fees imposed on...

Human rights rise to top of business agenda - news

By Tom Idle — Business respect for human rights has been given a big boost with the “historic step” taken by the French Parliament to green light the much-awaited corporate...

Human rights rise to top of business agenda - news

By Tom Idle — Business respect for human rights was given a big boost with the “historic step” taken by the French Parliament to green light the much-awaited ...

Fashion For Good program starts up with grant from the C&A Foundation - news

By Brian Collett — Brands, retailers, and manufacturers have been invited to join a programme encouraging good practice by the C&A Foundation.   The Foundation,...

Call to companies to eliminate forced labour in textile industry - news

By Brian Collett — An appeal for close collaboration between businesses in the textile industry to eliminate forced labour has been made by a group led by Humanity United , an NGO that...

New EU reporting rules for large companies take effect - news

By Brian Collett — UK businesses with 500 or more employees must now disclose non-financial information in their annual reports under new EU-directed legislation.    The...

Driving modern slavery up the agenda - news

By Adam Woodhall — Business accepts that slavery is unacceptable, so how is the UK’s Modern Slavery Act (MSA) raising the bar in holding companies to account?  Following in the...

PM wants UK to lead global fight against human trafficking - news

by Sangeeta Haindl — During a service at Westminster Abbey earlier this month, held to remember 18th Century anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce whose work led to the abolition of...

Slavery is still with us - news

by Adam Woodhall — For many of us in the UK, we think that slavery is something that was taken care of by Wilberforce and others in the 19th Century. However, it is not only something that...

Is now the time to go green? - news

by Andy Jones — Clean 200 has released the rankings of the top 200 sustainable companies in the world.   Omitting the likes of oil lobbying companies, forced labour workforces,...

Future Perfect? - news

At the end of last year, the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), a global think tank, published its annual top 10 list of business and human rights issues for 2016. Here we...

British business unprepared for Modern Slavery Act, says CIPS - news

Urgency and action appear to be scant in British businesses before new government rules come into force this spring designed to stamp out modern slavery in supply chains, according to the...

Stricter compliance policies required to end forced labour - news

Around the globe, desperate and poor people are still being sold or forced into slavery. Whether in fishing, agriculture, construction or other work, these men, women and children are ending up...

UK spurs greater supply chain accountability - news

Businesses with a £36m+ turnover will have to report on slavery in their supply chains, the UK government has announced. The government, which consulted on the threshold level as part...

Tronie Foundation sets up new anti-slavery seal - news

A Washington-based non-profit organisation dedicated to driving awareness of human trafficking and slavery has devised 'The Freedom Seal', a new visual marker of...

Electronics industry reinforces commitment to tackling forced labour - news

The Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) is to conduct shadow audits and increase its industry and government engagement in Malaysia to further combat the issue of forced labour....

Moving towards a greener form of capitalism - news

Choosing a pension scheme with a clear focus on the relevance of good corporate governance, how companies manage their relationship within the society they operate and their impact on the...

ESG factors having stronger effect on consumer attitudes - news

Corporate performance on environmental, social, governance and ethical grounds can have a strong effect on how consumers feel about their bank or wealth manager. Indeed, a new Ipsos MORI...

Banks beware: consumers rate ESG factors as high as service levels - news

Corporate performance on environmental, social, governance and ethical grounds can have a strong effect on how consumers feel about their bank or wealth manager. Indeed, a new Ipsos MORI survey...

Slaves in the supply chain: how far are we willing to look? - news

Michael Pollitt examines the background to the proposed Modern Slavery Bill Two hundred years after Wilberforce, an unexpected slave trade boom has forced the world to revise its...

Daewoo International admits using cotton from forced labour - news

Daewoo International Corp., a major South Korean trading company has become a target of human-rights activists for using cotton that it admits is produced by child labour and forced adult labour...

Sedex and Verité tackle supply chain slavery risk - news

Sedex Global has partnered with the training, consulting and research NGO, Verité, to publish a new briefing tackling modern day slavery risks in global supply chains. The Modern Day...

Few companies calculate fiscal effect of sustainability - news

All US companies except one in the Standard & Poor’s 500 list make some sustainability disclosure but few calculate its effect on their financial performance, says a new report....

Indian textiles industry comes under human rights spotlight - news

Garment and textile companies in India have been asked to provide details of their activities by campaigners intent on stamping out labour rights abuses. The demands for greater openness...

A duty of business: to protect human rights - news

Harvard professor John Ruggie has been toiling on behalf of the UN since 2005 to devise a framework for ways in which businesses should manage their interactions with the lives they affect. Are...

Inspectors needed to lead ‘fight against forced labour’ - news

International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates have put the numbers in forced labour in EU member states at 880,000. Of these, 30% are thought to be subject to forced sexual...

Burma reaches deal with ILO - news

The Burmese government has reached a new memorandum of understanding with the International Labor Organization (ILO) on stamping out forced labour. Extending an existing understanding, the...

Chevron shareholders call for transparency after alleged corrupt payments to Burma - news

Demands that Chevron adopts country selection procedures in the wake of a number of international scandals have been made by shareholders. A resolution telling the oil giant to implement...

inbrief - news

A consumer website claiming to answer the question, “How many slaves work on your behalf?” has been launched to raise awareness of forced labour in supply chains. Based on a survey...

Investors target 25 firms over human trafficking - news

A coalition of institutional investors has sent a statement to 25 companies asking them to give top priority to the eradication of human trafficking and ‘modern-day slavery’ in their...

inbrief - news

An online resource offering consumers product information on child and forced labour has been created by the International Labour Rights Forum and the Not for Sale Campaign NGOs. The...

Hershey’s debut is hit by spoiler tactics - news

A group of NGOs has released an alternative CSR report on the activities of the multinational confectioner Hershey’s, simultaneously with the publication of the company’s own first...

dairy giant brings in new code - news

The multinational dairy business FrieslandCampina is reinforcing its CSR commitments with a code of conduct based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The code pledges the company, among...

ECGD changes cause upset - news

An open letter to the UK government attacking its plans to abolish CSR requirements on foreign investment projects has been written by Mary Robinson, chair of the Institute for Human Rights and...

inbrief - news

An ethical sourcing consultancy has created an international online referencing service for labour laws and employment standards. US-based STR Responsible Sourcing will provide full-text English...

UN links contracts to Compact support - news

Businesses that fail to commit to the Global Compact could find themselves frozen out of contracts and partnerships with the United Nations. Revised guidelines on co-operation between the...

Cherry-picking reports are eroding credibility - news

Company reporting on human rights tends to gloss over tricky subjects and paint an unbalanced and selective picture of corporate efforts in the field. That’s the conclusion of a new...

Sodexo pleases investors with group-wide policy - news

The facilities management multinational Sodexo has adopted a group-wide human rights policy after an investors’ engagement campaign. The Paris-based company, which has 342,000...

Chinese agree ‘capacity-building’ on factory conditions - news

A trade body in China has endorsed an agreement that could improve working conditions in Chinese textile and garment factories that supply European companies. The deal has been signed by...

The PRI seeks to pull off a tricky balancing act - news

The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment have passed the two-year mark. EP talks to executive director James Gifford about investor collaboration. The UN Principles for...

Sweatshop rules relaxed as suppliers fall short - news

San Francisco has had to water down a local anti-sweatshop procurement law because no company has been able to comply with its provisions. The Sweatfree Contracting Ordinance had been seen...

Daewoo and Kogas get warning on Burmese project - news

Companies working on the Burmese Shwe project to develop a huge natural gas field in the Gulf of Bengal have been asked to assess whether the operation will damage the environment in...

recruitment company uses its skills to help refugees - news

Manpower is to use its internal training and education services to support schooling in refugee sites. The US-based employment services company announced at the end of October that it will...

hours and pay are key non-compliance areas - news

Poor control over long working hours, inadequate pay levels and a lack of proper documentation have emerged as the main areas of concern during the first three years of an ethical supply chain...

US court tells Unocal to pay over human rights - news

Unocal has been told it must itself find the money to pay for an out of court settlement with alleged victims of human rights abuses on its Yadana pipeline project in Burma. The company...

IFC completes long-haul revision of ethical policies - news

Revamped social and environmental standards at the World Bank’s private sector lending arm will come into effect at the end of this month. The ‘performance standards’, made public last month,...

Asian Development Bank under pressure on Burma - news

Sixteen pressure groups, including Earthrights International, have raised human rights concerns with the Asian Development Bank over the projects in Burma in which it is indirectly involved. The...

gas rush brings more firms into Burma orbit - news

The lure of gas reserves in Burma has led to a growth in the number of natural resources companies operating there over the past year, despite the reputational and financial risks of doing...

loud voices skew priorities - news

Concerns have been raised that stakeholder dialogue as practised by large companies often leads to the views of local people being drowned out by the 'loud voice' of international NGOs and other...

new textile standard unveiled - news

A new standard has been established for the Chinese textile industry, the country's first socially responsible auditing benchmark for the sector. The areas covered by the standard, drawn up by...

firms to get Dalits code - news

Companies operating in South Asia are to be invited to sign up to principles that will commit them to tackling discrimination against Dalits, or 'untouchables', who stand on the lowest rung in...

Asia is centre of forced labour - news

A new study by the International Labour Organization shows that 9.5 million of the 12.3 million people in forced labour worldwide are in the Asia Pacific region. The region’s main culprits, says...

Toshiba targets suppliers - news

Toshiba has drawn up a procurement policy for its 400 companies establishing CSR standards it requires from suppliers. The Japanese corporation, whose products include telephone systems, office...

Unocal’s Burma deal short-circuits legal case - news

Human rights activists hoping for a precedent-setting legal judgement over allegations that oil company Unocal used forced labour in Burma (Myanmar) have had their hopes dashed by an out-of-court...

FTSE4Good sets bar on labour standards - news

Sixty-eight of the 900 companies in the FTSE4Good index family will be required to meet new criteria on supply chain labour standards by July 2005 if they want to remain as constituents. The new...

‘Ethics policies must be based on core values’ by Simon Webley - news

From Simon Webley, research director, Institute of Business Ethics A recent survey by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply suggested that more than eight out of ten corporate boards...

More forced labour revealed - news

More evidence of forced labour imposed by the Burmese authorities has been revealed in a trade union report. The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), in its fourth report...

trawl of factories finds no use of child labour - news

No cases of child or forced labour were found by the Fair Labor Association during its monitoring of 110 factories used by brand clothing companies last year. The...

as Accor quits Burma, more companies move in - news

The world’s largest hotel chain has become the latest company to withdraw from Burma. Accor, which runs more than 3700 hotels in 90 countries, has announced that...

timber firm opens supply chain to NGO scrutiny - news

A multinational timber company has agreed to allow Greenpeace to visit its suppliers in Liberia to verify that they are not involved in illegal logging or connected with arms...

Triumph leaves Burma with 1000 job losses - news

A ‘social plan’ to help reduce the impact of redundancies is being drawn up by Europe’s largest lingerie manufacturer, Triumph International, after an announcement that it...

SA8000 is given a facelift - news

A revised version of the SA8000 ethical trading standard has been issued by Social Accountability International. Among the more important amendments are new sections...

inbrief - news

A taskforce is to be set up by the UK Foreign Office to examine allegations that use of forced labour is widespread in the cocoa industry of West Africa. The group will be...

Nike releases Latin American audits - news

Nike has posted social audits of 22 suppliers in South and Central America on the internet as part of its new commitment to openness about working conditions at 700 contract...

Unocal 'did not collude' in human rights abuses - news

A US judge has cleared one of the world’s largest oil and gas exploration companies of complicity in human rights abuses connected to the building of a gas pipeline in Burma....

inbrief - news

150 countries have now ratified the International Labour organization's codes on forced labour, latest figures show.

Citizens Bank aims to show the way ahead with new code - news

One of Canada’s leading banks says it will implement a wide ranging ethical policy by the end of next year. Citizens Bank, which claims to be the first such financial...

Wessanen releases Sustainability Report 2016 - reports

Every year Wessanen releases its integrated Annual Report including the latest Sustainability Report, highlighting the company’s approach to creating environmental and social impact.

ANZ shaping a world where people and communities thrive - reports

ANZ has released its 2016 Corporate Sustainability Review, which reports on how it is tackling its most material sustainability issues.

Sustainable Retail Summit - calendar

We know we need to run better businesses in support of better lives and a better planet, but how to do this in a manner that is good for business too?  Find the answer at a new industry...

Latest Issues in Forced & Bonded Labour in the Workplace – and Risk to Corporate Reputation - calendar

The objective of this one hour webinar is to explore the contemporary issues around forced and bonded labour, and focus on key issues that relate to this treatment of labour and on migrant...

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