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  • UN Publishes "Green Finance" Guide for Stock Exchanges

    December 21, 2017

    The UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative has released a Green Finance Action Plan as a "benchmarking tool" to guide stock exchanges around the world on how to pressure associated companies to divert their investments into projects that will help achieve the UN's "sustainable development" agenda.

  • ISO Releases Guidance on "Sustainable Procurement"

    December 19, 2017

    An article from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) outlines the ISO's guidance on "sustainable procurement," which provides a strategy for organizations around the world to embed "sustainability principles" into their procurement processes and to encourage the production of "environmentally friendly" products throughout supply chains.

  • NGO Demands "Tax Haven" Blacklist, Corporate Reporting

    December 19, 2017

    The nongovernmental organization Oxfam has released a briefing paper calling on governments to avoid future tax scandals like the recent leak of the "Paradise Papers" showing corporate and individual tax avoidance by establishing a global blacklist of low-tax jurisdictions, a "global tax body" to provide for reforms, and a country-by-country corporate tax reporting scheme.

  • Companies Increasingly Adopt Climate-Related Disclosure Guidelines

    December 14, 2017

    237 companies worldwide have declared their support for the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, which has developed a set of voluntary recommendations for companies to disclose information relevant to the future effects of climate change on financial investments.

  • Paper Seeks Canadian Push on Climate Disclosures

    December 08, 2017

    A policy brief published by the Centre for International Governance Innovation calls on Canadian authorities to implement the recommendations of the G-20 Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures by requiring companies to include global warming-related risks in their financial disclosures.

  • NGOs Push for Global Corporate Labor Standard

    December 07, 2017

    Representatives of the International Trade Union Confederation and Business & Human Rights Resource Centre are calling for governments to coordinate on developing a global, "harmonised, high standard for national legislations" requiring companies to rid their complex supply chains of forced labor, based on the International Labour Organization's Protocol on Forced Labour.

  • NGOs Seek Broad Australian Labor Reporting Law

    December 06, 2017

    A coalition of nongovernmental organizations recently contributed to a public consultation on an Australian proposal for a corporate reporting requirement on forced labor, calling for a broad requirement for businesses to report on their efforts to rid their supply chains of "modern slavery" and file these reports in a publicly accessible database.

  • UK NGOs Criticize Corporate Forced Labor Reporting

    December 01, 2017

    The UK CORE Coalition of civil society organizations has published a rating of British companies' compliance with the UK Modern Slavery Act, which requires businesses to report on their efforts to eliminate forced labor from their supply chains, criticizing what it deems to be low compliance with the reporting requirements and calling for more transparency.

  • Guidance Seeks "Assurance" of UNGPs Implementation

    November 28, 2017

    As part of their UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework project, nongovernmental organization Shift and auditor Mazars have published guidance on how companies should provide "independent assurance" to investors and other parties on their progress in implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).

  • Organizations Collaborate on Corporate Reporting Efforts

    November 28, 2017

    In September, the Global Reporting Initiative and the Principles for Responsible Investment signed a collaboration agreement promoting joint efforts "to align corporate sustainability reporting with investor expectations" as part of the work of both organizations to advance the global "sustainable development" agenda.

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