• Subjective Standards and the Weaponization of Bullying for Political Purposes

    April 26, 2023

    The Guardian reports the latest example of subjective standards being weaponized for political purpose in the resignation of Dominic Raab, who was known to be « robust » to his staff, leading managers across the board to prepare and be on their guard in their leadership positions as many leadership styles are being interpreted as « bullying ».

  • SEC Rules JPMorgan Chase Must Allow Shareholders to Consider Viewpoint Diversity Proposal

    April 07, 2023

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has ruled against JPMorgan Chase’s attempt to exclude a shareholder resolution on viewpoint diversity from its ballot for its annual shareholder meeting giving Chase shareholders the opportunity to vote on equal treatment of customers regardless of their religious and political beliefs.

  • Vatican Sets Criteria for Catholic Investors

    February 15, 2023

    The Vatican has released a 45 page pamphlet, published in several languages, to set out « faith-based measures for Catholic investors » pointing out 24 categories of investments that must be avoided including abortion, armaments, capital punishment, contraceptives, and pornography.

  • Meta Releases First Human Rights Report

    July 20, 2022

    Facebook owner Meta released its first annual human rights which covers due diligence performed in 2020 and 2021, including a summary of a controversial human rights impact assessment of India that Meta commissioned.

  • UN Influencing Investment Strategies through GFANZ and Race to Zero Campaign

    July 11, 2022

    Through its Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) and Race to Zero campaign, the United Nations is directly influencing the investment strategies, lending policies and business activities of many of the world’s largest companies and institutions.

  • Meta Platforms, Walt Disney Co and U.S. Companies will Cover Employees’ Abortion if Travel is Required

    June 28, 2022

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the 1973 ruling of Roe v Wade which gave women a constitutional right to an abortion, U.S. companies including Walt Disney Co and Facebook parent Meta Platforms Inc have announced that they will cover employees' expenses if they have to travel for abortion services.

  • New Index Grades 50 of the Largest U.S. Companies on their Support for First Amendment Rights

    June 14, 2022

    The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and Inspire Insight, a Christian financial analytics firm have quantified companies restriction of their employees’ freedoms of speech and religion by launching the 2022 Viewpoint Diversity Score Business Index,  ranking 50 of the largest U.S. companies according to whether their policies and actions supported or undermined Americans’ First Amendment rights.

  • Business and Human Rights: How New Laws in Europe and the UK Impact Companies Around the World

    March 30, 2022

    Jenner and Block LLP, writing on human rights and global strategy explore the evolution in the ten years of existence of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (the "UNGPs"), companies and governments around the world are increasingly finding themselves required to adhere to them as the guiding principles go from « soft law » to « hard law ».

  • Environmental CEO’s Lobby UN to Embrace ‘Nature-Positive by 2030’ Goal

    March 15, 2022

    CEOs from 14 of the world’s largest environmental organizations have established a mission with the goal of having a new Global Biodiversity Framework to be agreed upon at this years COP15 UN biodiversity summit in Kunming, China that calls for a global halt and reverse nature loss by 2030, aiming to reach full recovery by 2050.

  • UN: Roadmap for the Next Decade of Business and Human Rights

    December 01, 2021

    The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights has published a document entitled a Roadmap for the Next Decade of Business and Human Rights whose goal is to « raise the ambition and increase the pace of implementation, to improve coherence and create greater impact. »

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