February 25, 2015
In response to pressure from investors and clients, and as nongovernmental organizations call for divestment from projects involving fossil fuels, the financial institution Citigroup has pledged $100 billion toward "green initiatives" and renewable energy projects to help counter global warming.
February 18, 2015
As nongovernmental organizations place increasing pressure on companies to commit to countering global warming, Greenpeace has praised Apple for a massive purchase of solar energy and has singled out other technology companies to do more to prevent climate change.
February 04, 2015
As pressure increases for companies to support the international climate agenda, the oil company Shell has announced its support for an activist resolution proposed by shareholders that seeks to restrain the company from engaging in actions that will contribute to global warming.
January 28, 2015
The French oil and gas company Total has signed an agreement with the international union IndustriALL guaranteeing the respect of trade union rights across its operations and in its supply chain as it seeks to abide by international principles on business and human rights.
December 17, 2014
During a recent UN forum, Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") of Nestle Paul Bulcke demonstrated pressure on businesses to adopt the UN's business and human rights ("BHR") agenda, calling for other businesses to follow the lead of Nestle in performing "impact assessments" and implementing other BHR measures.
December 10, 2014
Attorneys H. Scott Fairley and Anastasija Sumakova write that Canadian civil courts are increasingly considering common law claims against corporations for alleged violations of business and human rights ("BHR") principles in other countries, based on a "duty of care" related to international norms.
November 19, 2014
The UN Global Compact's German network has published the results of its Organisational Capacity Assessment Instrument to monitor and pressure 57 companies to analyze whether their operations adhere to the UN's business and human rights ("BHR") agenda.
November 12, 2014
Following the announcement by Adidas of a third party complaint process on business and human rights issues, an article on the "sustainable" business website TriplePundit has called for the company to go further in tracking potential future human rights violations in its operations.
October 22, 2014
The nongovernmental organization Oxfam has released an updated "scorecard" of the ten largest food companies, rating them on the basis of their commitments to internationally developed social and environmental standards in their operations.
October 08, 2014
Under UN pressure, a group of companies in the oil and gas industry has agreed to a partnership in which they will systematically monitor and issue reports on their work to reduce methane emissions and combat global warming.