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  • NGOs Applaud EU Committee Vote on Conflict Minerals

    April 08, 2015

    A group of nongovernmental organizations are praising the European Parliament's Development Committee for voting in favor of binding restrictions on European companies' use of "conflict minerals" from Africa and seeking to force companies to report how they avoid using these minerals in their supply chains.

  • Oxfam Calls for Further EU Measures on Tax Avoidance

    April 01, 2015

    Blaming corporations that pursue tax avoidance measure for "extreme inequality" in the world, Oxfam has published a report pushing the EU to adopt further measures to require more transparency from companies and more cooperation among member states to limit company tax avoidance.

  • NGOs Announce Collaboration on Environment Reporting

    March 11, 2015

    The nongovernmental organizations GRI and CDP have announced that they are harmonizing their reporting guidelines to more effectively pressure companies to counter climate change in their operations using a joint framework.

  • Framework Seeks Broad Corporate Human Rights Reporting

    February 25, 2015

    The nongovernmental organization Shift and the accountancy firm Mazars have published the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework, which calls for companies to publicly report their actions on a broad range of issues relating to the international business and human rights agenda.

  • NGO Calls for EU to Expand Conflict Minerals Regulations

    February 25, 2015

    The nongovernmental organization the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations has published an article calling for a "radical" expansion of the EU's corporate reporting regime on "conflict minerals" to include the sourcing of a number of minerals from regions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

  • GRI Seeks Use of Guidelines for EU Reporting Initiative

    February 11, 2015

    The Global Reporting Initiative ("GRI") has recommended that businesses use GRI's previously developed "G4 Guidelines" to comply with new requirements under EU law to report the social and environmental impacts of their operations.

  • NGOs Call on EU to Mandate "Conflict Minerals" Reporting

    February 11, 2015

    As calls from nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") seeking social and environmental reporting by European businesses grow, a group of NGOs has produced a report seeking legislation from the EU that would mandate reporting of the use of "conflict minerals" from African countries in business operations.

  • French Bill Seeks to Expand Foreign Access to Courts

    February 04, 2015

    A legislative proposal in the French Parliament would in effect require French corporations to perform due diligence on potential harms in their operations and could open the door to an increase in lawsuits by foreign nationals on business and human rights issues in the French courts.

  • NGO Pushes "Country by Country" Financial Reporting

    January 28, 2015

    Amid calls for an investigation of alleged Luxembourg tax breaks for the company Amazon, the nongovernmental organization ("NGO") Transparency International argues that such an investigation could have been avoided if the EU had adopted a "country by country" financial reporting requirement for companies.

  • GRI Forms "Leadership Groups" on Reporting Initiatives

    January 21, 2015

    The Global Reporting Initiative ("GRI") reports that it is forming two "Corporate Leadership Groups" that will focus on how to advance the inclusion of reporting on "sustainability" - including social and environmental matters - in regular reporting by businesses.

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