Business Impacts

  • Ericsson Report Describes Support for SDGs

    April 20, 2016

    In its latest Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report, communications technology company Ericsson summarizes how it has worked to implement the UN Sustainable Development Goals ("SDGs") and other aspects of the UN's environmental and social agenda in its operations.

  • UN-backed Initiative Targets Businesswomen on Climate Change

    April 18, 2016

    The Guardian reports that a new, UN-supported initiative called "Two Degrees of Change" is calling on women in business leadership roles to promote the UN's climate change agenda on their corporate boards.

  • Institutional Investors Back ExxonMobil Climate Scrutiny

    April 18, 2016

    Reuters reports that the Church Commissioners for England has announced support among institutional investors for a shareholder resolution it recently proposed that would require energy company ExxonMobil to disclose the impacts of climate change policies on its business.

  • Study Indicates Influence of CEO Activism

    April 15, 2016

    As international organizations and activists seek support among corporate leaders for their business and human rights and environmental agendas, a new study by two business school professors finds that CEO activism on these and similar issues can have a significant influence on public opinion.

  • Mining Company Touts BHR, Sustainability Reporting

    April 14, 2016

    Newmont Mining Corporation has announced that it has become the first mining company to use the Reporting Framework for the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights ("BHR") to publicize its implementation of the global BHR agenda, and has also reported on its "sustainability" efforts using standards produced by the Global Reporting Initiative.

  • HP Pledges 100 Percent Renewable Energy

    April 13, 2016

    Demonstrating the pressure on businesses from activists and international organizations to commit to goals to prevent climate change, technology company HP has pledged to implement the UN climate change and sustainability agendas through a move to 100 percent renewable electricity in its operations.

  • Paper Examines Effects of Social Movements on Companies

    April 07, 2016

    An article by Panayiotis Georgallis of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor examines how social movements can influence the behavior of corporate leaders and cause them to advance social initiatives, including by making such initiatives more attractive by modifying the expectations of businesses' stakeholders.

  • Norway Wealth Fund Implements BHR Agenda

    April 06, 2016

    Norges Bank Investment Management, which manages Norway's sovereign wealth fund, has adopted a human rights policy requiring companies in which it invests to integrate a human rights strategy in their operations and to report on their performance, key tenets in the implementation of the UN's business and human rights ("BHR") agenda.

  • JPMorgan Limits Investments in Coal Projects

    April 05, 2016

    Website Clean Technica reports that financial company JPMorgan has acted in line with demands from UN officials and nongovernmental organizations by adding certain coal investments to the company's list of "Prohibited Transactions" in order to help combat global warming.

  • BP Implements Activists' BHR Agenda

    April 01, 2016

    The CEO of the nongovernmental organization Human Rights at Sea, David Hammond, has published an article highlighting how energy company BP, in the face of pressure from the UN and activists, has embraced the global business and human rights ("BHR") agenda, including by undertaking BHR due diligence and committing to external audits.

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