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  • IKEA, UN Agency Push for Supply Chain Scrutiny

    June 12, 2015

    In a long-term plan under which companies would be pressured to accept responsibility for the "sustainability" of their forest supply chains, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and furniture retailer IKEA have announced an initiative in which they will explore funding for forest "certification" schemes.

  • Norway Pursues UN Coal Divestment Campaign

    June 10, 2015

    The Guardian reports that the Norwegian Parliament has endorsed legislation that seeks to implement the UN's and activists' fossil fuel divestment agenda by removing investments from coal projects around the world, affecting at least 122 companies.

  • US Oil and Gas Companies Steer Clear of Climate Coalition

    June 10, 2015

    US oil and gas companies Chevron and Exxon have announced that they will not join a coalition of their counterparts in Europe calling for a tax on carbon emissions because they wish to maintain control of their message in UN negotiations on climate change.

  • Academic Highlights Influence of NGOs on Businesses

    June 03, 2015

    Professor Menno Kamminga illustrates how nongovernmental organizations ("NGOs") are placing pressure on companies to accept the UN business and human rights ("BHR") agenda, arguing that businesses that do not respond to NGO human rights reports are not taking their BHR obligations seriously.

  • UN Summit Pushes Climate Policy Among Businesses

    May 28, 2015

    At a recent UN Business and Climate Summit hosted by the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization ("UNESCO") in Paris, speakers called for businesses to align their operations with the UN climate change agenda and for governments around the world to place a tax on carbon emissions.

  • Bank of America Accepts NGO Calls to Cut Coal Investments

    May 21, 2015

    The Guardian reports that, under pressure from a group of environmental organizations, Bank of America has announced a plan to reduce its exposure to coal extraction projects in a recently published policy statement.

  • Unilever Pushes Activist Agenda on Climate Change

    May 08, 2015

    The Chief Executive Officer of Unilever Paul Polman writes in The Guardian that his company has adopted the UN's agenda on sustainability and climate change, in part by forming a new organization of businesses, governments, and activist groups called Tropical Forest Alliance 2020.

  • Bank Report Highlights Advance of Divestment Agenda

    April 29, 2015

    A report from the bank HSBC considering fossil fuels as risky, "stranded assets" that may lose their value as the UN's climate agenda moves forward demonstrates how climate activists' fossil fuel divestment agenda is pressuring the decisions of banks and financial companies around the world.

  • BP Shareholders Pass Climate Transparency Resolution

    April 21, 2015

    As global campaigners seek to use activist shareholder resolutions to bind companies to the UN climate agenda, The Guardian reports that 98% of British Petroleum ("BP") shareholders have adopted a resolution requiring the company to publish more information regarding its efforts to counter global warming.

  • Ericsson Adopts NGO Human Rights Reporting Framework

    April 15, 2015

    A "Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Report" from communications company Ericsson claims to be the first such report in its sector to follow the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework, created by the nongovernmental organization ("NGO") Shift and Mazars to push corporate human rights reporting.

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