Business Impacts

  • UEFA Embeds BHR Principles in Bidding Process

    August 03, 2017

    The human rights activist coalition Sports and Rights Alliance has praised the decision of European soccer's governing body UEFA to embed business and human rights (BHR) principles into their bidding requirements for major sporting events by pledging to consider compliance with the UN Guiding Principles on BHR as part of the bidding process.

  • US Activists Target New Sectors in Carbon Fight

    August 03, 2017

    Time reports that, while the energy sector usually receives the most attention in climate change debates, some US-based environmental activists are arguing that government regulation should begin targeting other carbon-producing sectors such as transportation, manufacturing, and agriculture to reach global warming targets set by the UN's 2015 Paris Agreement.

  • New EU Emissions Rules Target Coal Plants

    August 03, 2017

    EurActiv reports that new rules from the European Commission requiring power plants to significantly decrease pollutants will cost an estimated €15 billion in compliance and could force the majority of the EU's coal plants to close.

  • Companies Adopt Reporting of SDG Progress

    August 02, 2017

    An article on the website Eco-Business documents the growing success of the UN and activist organizations in convincing businesses to use the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a benchmark by which to measure and report their contributions to the global social and environmental policy agenda.

  • Palm Oil Company Obtains "Sustainability" Certification

    August 01, 2017

    Demonstrating the growing success of nongovernmental groups in pushing businesses toward global "sustainability" and human rights standards, the Colombian palm oil company Daabon Group has touted its certification by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil as a company that shows "sustainability across the entire organisation."

  • UN Event Targets Impact of IP Rules on Medicine Access

    July 27, 2017

    Speakers at a recent event organized by the UN Secretary-General on increasing access to medicine called for national and international policies to limit drug patents, encourage the international proliferation of medicines, and ensure “fair prices” for patients in line with health-related targets under the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Airports Seek Certification for Climate Action

    July 26, 2017

    Travel Daily News reports that the Airport Carbon Accreditation program is reporting a growing number of airports around the world obtaining certification under its initiative by monitoring and addressing their greenhouse gas emissions, in line with the global agenda on combating climate change.

  • IOI Bends to NGO "Due Diligence" Pressure

    July 24, 2017

    Activist organization Greenpeace demonstrates the power of nongovernmental organizations to force the hand of companies to perform "due diligence" of their environmental and human rights impacts by touting its influence on palm oil trader the IOI Group's decision to investigate such impacts and advising IOI supply chain partners to monitor the company's progress.

  • Article: Counsel Must Play Role in "Corporate Citizenship"

    July 21, 2017

    An article from former General Electric Vice President and General Counsel Ben Heineman paints a broad picture of the need for general counsel to steer their corporations toward a concept of "corporate citizenship" resembling the "environmental, social, and governance" responsibilities recommended for businesses by UN agencies and activist groups.

  • UN Report Calls for Transformation in Global Finance

    July 21, 2017

    The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report on green finance which calls for the transformation of the global financial system to push increasing amounts of capital into “green” investments that align with the UN’s sustainability agenda.

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