Time to wake up: Why a holistic approach is needed to tackle sustainability challenges in the coffee sector

Content: This paper provides an overview of the pressing human rights and sustainability challenges in the coffee sector. Year: January 2020 Language: EN Keywords: Coffee, Environmental Challenges, Bean Belt, Climate Change, Human Rights Challenges, human rights due diligence, Risk Analysis, Multistakeholder Iniviatives, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), Transparency. Abstract: This paper gives an overview of…

Sustainable Finance – Bringing the “S” into focus: The Equator Principles 4

Content: This paper sets out the proposed and adopted changes in the Equator Principles (“EPs”) after their fourth iteration with a specific focus on human rights. It addresses the human rights concerns articulated by civil society and how financiers can take the lead and “future-proof” their portfolios against social risk. Year: November 2019 Language: EN…

Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining: Addressing Challenges in Global Supply Chains 

Content: The paper addresses the various human rights related risks and challenges for companies resulting from ASM. It also provides a  practical guidance on how companies can address those issues in the framework of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). Following, it lists various good practice examples and an short overview of initiatives that…

The Brazilian Case: The need to strengthen due diligence processes when states seem to fall back

Content: This paper draws attention to the current human rights risks in Brazil and provide clear recommendations of action for businesses. It emphasises that businesses should strengthen their human rights due diligence. Year: April 2019 Language: EN Keywords: Brazil, Human Rights Due Diligence, Corporate Social Responsibility, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), Indigenous rights, Rainforest, Amazon, Bolsonaro. Abstract:…

Human Rights & Finance: What clients want, regulators expect, and investors should consider

Content: This paper sets out the regulatory aspects linked to human rights in investments by financial service entities, including latest legal development and expectations for various stakeholders. It finally provides practical recommendations on how to integrate human rights into the investment decision-making process aligned with the UNGPs.  Year: February 2019 Language: EN Keywords: Sustainable Finance, Green Finance, Responsible Investment, ESG, UN…

Tackling Modern Slavery in the Supply Chain

Content: This short paper describes how businesses can manage existing risks around modern slavery in global supply chains. Year: October 2018 Language: EN Keywords: Modern slavery, UK Modern Slavery Act, Forced Labour, Debt Bondage, Child Labour, Human Trafficking, Human Rights Due Diligence, Transparency, Textile, Agriculture, Construction, Vulnerable Individuals. Abstract: This paper provides suggestions for businesses…

How Companies can deal with Labour Exploitation in the Agricultural Sector

Content: This short paper reflects on the way forward for companies to address labour exploitation in their agricultural supply chain. Year: April 2018 Language: EN Keywords: Agricultural Sector, Human Rights Due Diligence, Labour Exploitation, Food Production, Supplier Engagement, Supply Chain Visibility & Traceability, Ethical Recruitment. Abstract: This short paper tends to shed light and reflect on the way forward for…

Internes Stakeholder-Engagement zur Verankerung von menschenrechtlicher Sorgfalt in Unternehmen

Content: Dieses Paper erklärt, warum für die Verankerung von menschenrechtlicher Sorgfalt in Unternehmen die Einbeziehung von diversen internen Stakeholdern essentiell ist und welche Argumente und Tools dabei helfen, interne Stakeholder an Bord zu nehmen. Year: October 2017 Language: DE Keywords: Stakeholder, Engagement, Governance, Menschenrechtliche Sorgfaltspflicht, Menschenrechts – Due Diligence, Soziale Unternehmensverantwortung, Mitarbeiter, Nationaler Aktionsplan Wirtschaft…

Die Bedeutung der Menschenrechte im wirtschaftlichen Kontext

Content: Gesetzliche Entwicklung, gesellschaftliche Erwartungen und wirtschaftliche Notwendigkeiten Year: August 2017 Language: DE Keywords: Unternehmensverantwortung, UN Leitprinzipien Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), Wertschöpfungskette, Menschenrechtliche Sorgfaltspflicht, Nationaler Aktionsplan Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte (NAP). Abstract: Der Menschenrechtsrat der Vereinten Nationen verabschiedete 2011 die UN-Leitprinzipien für Wirtschaft und Menschenrechte und legte damit…

Die CSR-Berichtspflicht: Anforderung und Hilfestellung

Content: Dieses Paper erläutert die Anforderungen der CSR-Richtlinie und bietet eine Hilfestellung zur rechtskonformen Umsetzung der Richtlinie. Year: August 2018 Language: DE Keywords: CSR-Berichtspflicht, CSR-Richtlinie-Umsetzungsgesetzes (CSR-RUG) , EU Directive on the disclosure of non-financial and diversity information (Directive 2014/95/EU), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Der Deutsche Nachhaltigkeitskodex (DNK). Abstract: Das Europäische Parlament und der Europäische Rat haben 2014…