Business Impacts

  • IOE Chief Highlights Complexity of Business Supply Chains

    February 19, 2016

    Secretary-General of the International Organization of Employers ("IOE") Linda Kromjong describes the complications of performing due diligence on often-complex supply chains and calls for support to companies seeking to fulfill supply-chain provisions of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

  • Investor CEO Calls for Focus on ESG Issues

    February 12, 2016

    CEO of investment management company BlackRock Larry Fink has called for companies to focus on UN-advocated environmental, social, and governance ("ESG") issues to maximize their long-term value and has signaled that the investment company could support activist shareholder proposals that push ESG reforms within corporations.

  • Apple Shareholder Proposes Racial Diversity Measure

    February 11, 2016

    A new shareholder proposal at technology company Apple calls for an "accelerated recruitment policy" that would increase the number of non-white directors and members of senior management at the company.

  • NGO Networks Merge to Push Human Rights in ICT Sector

    February 10, 2016

    The Global Network Initiative has announced that it is adding seven major telecommunications companies from the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue to its network, which seeks to pressure information and communications technology ("ICT") businesses to adhere to principles of free expression and privacy rights in their dealings with national governments.

  • Unilever CEO Champions BHR Initiatives

    February 09, 2016

    Paul Polman, CEO of consumer goods company Unilever and Chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, writes that companies must implement the UN's business and human rights ("BHR") agenda across their operations in order to advance "sustainability" and economic equality.

  • Tokyo Olympic Committee Pursues UN Sustainability Agenda

    February 03, 2016

    As it seeks to demonstrate adherence to the UN agenda on social and environmental "sustainability," including in dealing with corporate partners, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020 has announced that it has established frameworks on sustainable practices in running the games and in sourcing products and services.

  • Apple's Board Rejects Proposal on Management Diversity

    January 21, 2016

    As activist pressure on companies to adopt policy commitments to equality and diversity ramps up, the board of directors of technology company Apple has rejected a shareholder proposal that seeks a recruitment policy increasing the representation of minorities in its leadership, asserting that the company has already demonstrated its commitment to diversity. 

  • Irish Company Divests from Israeli Cement Firm Amid Pressure

    January 20, 2016

    Independent.ie reports that, amid pressure and protests from the activist organization Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign at corporate meetings, Irish building materials group CRH has sold its 25-percent stake in an Israeli firm whose cement has been used in the construction of a security wall between Israel and the West Bank.

  • Businesses Offer Advice on Corporate Global-Warming Policies

    January 06, 2016

    Aman Singh, a vice president of communications and marketing firm Edelman, highlights how consultancies and similar firms are capitalizing on developments such as the recent UN climate deal by advising companies to implement often-complex and costly changes in their operations to make way for the "inevitability" of global warming and responsive measures.

  • Paper Outlines US Corporate Lobbying on Human Rights

    January 06, 2016

    In a working paper, Professor Emilie Hafner-Burton and Heidi McNamara of the University of California, San Diego, highlight how US corporations are responding to increased pressure by global organizations and activists on the business and human rights ("BHR") agenda by feeding more funding into lobbying on human-rights legislation at the federal level.

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