ESG

  • Standard Setting Organizations Collaborate on SDG Reporting

    March 07, 2019

    A group of international corporate reporting standard setters, including the Global Reporting Initiative, has published a position paper describing how they plan to cooperate on standards pushing companies to disclose their impacts on the 169 targets included in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • NGOs Lament Lack of Action Under French “Vigilance” Law

    March 07, 2019

    A group of nongovernmental organizations has published a report criticizing the French government for failing to enforce meaningfully the country’s “duty of vigilance” law requiring companies to disclose plans for monitoring their supply chains to prevent human rights abuses.

  • NGOs Call for Broad Corporate Reporting Under EU Law

    March 06, 2019

    A coalition of nongovernmental organizations has produced a report calling on European companies disclosing their social and environmental impacts under the EU’s Non-financial Reporting Directive to use as a model the NGO-produced UNGP Reporting Framework and pushing the EU to sanction companies for non-compliance.

  • UN-Supported Initiative Seeks Strengthened Emissions Targets

    March 06, 2019

    The UN-supported Science Based Targets Initiative has announced updates, based on data from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to its guidance for companies on greenhouse gas reduction targets to comply with the political goal from the UN’s Paris climate deal to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

  • NGO Paper Seeks “Sustainability” Reporting in Banking Industry

    March 06, 2019

    The Centre for International Governance Innovation has published a report calling on companies in the banking industry to respond to pressure from the UN, activist groups, and global reporting organizations by disclosing how they are dealing with their “sustainability” impacts around the planet.

  • UN, GRI Train Companies on SDG Reporting

    March 06, 2019

    The UN Global Compact and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) have announced a new stage in their partnership pushing companies around the world to adopt guidance on how to report on their contributions to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • EU Institutions Advance Policy on “Low-Carbon Benchmarks”

    March 05, 2019

    The European Parliament and representatives of EU member states have reached a political agreement on the creation of “low-carbon benchmarks” to help identify “climate-conscious” businesses and projects for investors as part of the EU’s broad strategy to meet its pledges under the UN’s Paris climate accord.

  • UN Body Requires Climate Reporting from Investors

    March 01, 2019

    The UN Principles for Responsible Investment, a body that pushes investors to abide by a set of ethical principles, has announced it will require investors who are signatories to report beginning in 2020 on how they are considering the risks of climate change in their portfolios.

  • NGOs Push for Gender Reporting in Extractives Industry

    February 22, 2019

    The nongovernmental coalition Publish What You Pay has called on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a transparency standard for governments and the oil, gas, and mining industry, to require more information on gender disparities in extractives reporting.

  • Oxfam Assesses Rights Impacts in Finnish Food Supply Chain

    February 22, 2019

    Finnish procurement company SOK Corporation recently commissioned nongovernmental organization Oxfam to perform a pilot “human rights impact assessment” of its Italian tomato supply chain as part of a broader response to NGO pressure in which businesses show they are performing “due diligence” in complying with the business and human rights agenda.

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