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  • Companies Plan Continued Reporting on Foreign Operations

    February 21, 2017

    Reuters reports that, at a mining conference in Cape Town, corporate leaders asserted that extractives companies will continue to respond to global pressure, from actors ranging from UN officials to human rights activists, to disclose details of their foreign operations despite recent US actions against mandatory reporting of foreign payments and mineral sourcing.

  • US Congress Passes Repeal of Extractives Disclosure Rule

    February 21, 2017

    Reuters reports that the US Congress has voted to repeal a Securities and Exchange Commission rule, mandated by the Dodd-Frank financial services legislation, requiring oil, gas, and mining companies to publicly disclose payments they make to foreign governments.

  • GRI Releases Reporting Guidance for India

    February 21, 2017

    As part of the organization's efforts to be a global one-stop shop for business guidelines on "sustainability" disclosures, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has released guidance with the Bombay Stock Exchange on how companies can fulfill India's "business responsibility reporting requirements" while following GRI's global reporting standards.

  • GRI Plans Guidance on EU "Sustainability" Disclosure

    February 21, 2017

    The Global Reporting Initiative and the business network CSR Europe have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on regional guidance for companies on how to comply with the EU Directive on Non-Financial and Diversity Disclosure, which requires businesses to publicly disclose their impacts on the global "sustainable development" agenda.

  • NGOs Seek Corporate Support on Foreign Payments Rule

    February 16, 2017

    A coalition of nongovernmental organizations called Publish What You Pay has released an open letter to companies in the mining, oil, and gas industries calling on them to pressure the US Congress to maintain an Obama Administration rule, targeted for repeal by legislators, requiring these companies to report their payments to foreign governments.

  • GRI Highlights Focus Areas for "Sustainability" Reporting

    February 16, 2017

    The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and think tank and advisory firm SustainAbility have published the findings of GRI's Corporate Leadership Group on Reporting 2025 on focus areas for future corporate disclosure in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including reporting on climate change, human rights, and wealth inequality.

  • White House Seeks Suspension of Minerals Rule

    February 15, 2017

    Reuters reports that a draft Trump Administration directive, citing large business costs related to a US Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring disclosure of whether companies use "conflict minerals" from war-torn areas of Africa in their products, proposes a two-year suspension of the rule and a review of its consequences.

  • Legal Alert Warns Retailers on BHR Scrutiny

    February 15, 2017

    A client alert from the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman describes comments from the UK’s Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights regarding fashion retailers' adherence to the global business and human rights (BHR) agenda and advising retailers to follow reporting and other BHR guidance on ridding their supply chains of forced labor.

  • US Congress Votes for Disclosure Rule Repeal

    February 08, 2017

    The Hill reports that the US Senate has joined the House of Representatives in voting to repeal a rule issued by the Obama Administration under the Dodd-Frank financial services legislation requiring companies in the extractives industry to publicly disclose their payments to foreign governments.

  • NGOs Promote US Pressure on Extractives

    February 03, 2017

    A letter from a coalition of nongovernmental organizations called Publish What You Pay to the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations calls for pressure on the US State Department to continue policies on public reporting by extractive companies regarding the finances of their foreign operations.

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