Reporting Standards

  • Study: Investors Lack Tools to Monitor "Social" Impacts

    March 27, 2017

    Casey O’Connor and Sarah Labowitz of the NYU Stern Center on Business and Human Rights have released a study arguing that businesses must release more information on the social impacts of their operations in order to better inform investors on their efforts toward improved environmental, social, and governance (ESG) outcomes.

  • Canadian Companies Dispute Benchmark Rankings

    March 27, 2017

    An article in the Financial Post describing responses from Canadian companies disputing their low rankings in a pilot project of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, including for not taking into account their responses to the Benchmark's request for information, highlights company concerns with the accountability of civil society assessments of their human rights impacts.

  • EU Rules Push Investor Reporting on Engagement

    March 24, 2017

    The European Parliament has voted in favor of measures that would require shareholder participation in corporate policies such as director pay to pressure companies to look toward "long-term interests" and force institutional investors to publicly report the extent to which they engage with the companies in which they invest.

  • GRI Hosts Africa Workshops on Sustainability

    March 23, 2017

    The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) recently held in Ghana the first of a series of workshops it is hosting across Africa calling on companies to use GRI's global sustainability reporting standards to demonstrate their efforts to implement the UN's business and human rights agenda.

  • GRI, UN "Action Platform" Pushes Companies on SDGs

    March 23, 2017

    The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and UN Global Compact are partnering on an initiative to fulfill the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by developing an "SDGs Action Platform" that will both pressure companies to share their "best practices" in contributing to the SDG agenda and convene a global advisory group to tell companies how to report their SDG progress.

  • Stock Exchange Initiative Pushes Gender Reporting

    March 23, 2017

    The Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative, which pressures stock exchanges around the world to contribute to the fulfillment of the UN's "sustainable development" agenda, has published a report calling on exchanges to do more to push listed companies to advance women's "economic empowerment," particularly by imposing new reporting requirements on these businesses.

  • SEC Reconsiders Implementation of Minerals Rule

    March 15, 2017

    The Acting Chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Michael Piwowar has announced that the SEC is reconsidering the implementation of a "misguided" corporate disclosure rule for the use of "conflict minerals" from war-torn areas of Africa, given the resulting boycott of some African minerals and costs imposed on legitimate mining operations.

  • NGO Praises French Corporate Reporting Regime

    March 01, 2017

    The European Coalition for Corporate Justice has praised a recently passed French law requiring large companies to disclose, on an annual basis, their efforts to address human rights impacts in their operations and those of their subsidiaries and calls for the creation of similar but stronger corporate reporting regime at the regional and global level.

  • NGO Pushes Canadian Corporate Reporting Law

    March 01, 2017

    Citing multiple examples of mandatory reporting laws from the US, UK, and France, a report from the Shareholder Association for Research & Education calls for Canada to adopt a similar mandatory regime requiring that corporations report to their investors information about labor rights risks in their global supply chains.

  • Australia Reviews Corporate Reporting on Forced Labor

    February 28, 2017

    A subcommittee of the Australian Parliament has announced that it is beginning an inquiry into whether the country should pursue legislation, similar to the UK's Modern Slavery Act, imposing requirements on businesses to disclose their efforts to end forced labor in their global supply chains.

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