Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz – Juni 2021

Inhalt: Internationaler Handel und die globale Geschäftstätigkeit deutscher und europäi­scher Unternehmen bieten große Chancen für die Schaffung von Arbeitsplätzen und Wohlstand entlang der Lieferketten. Gleichzeitig können durch diese Geschäfts-tätigkeiten auch erhebliche negative Aus­wirkungen für die Menschen und die Umwelt entlang dieser Lieferketten entstehen. Neben der Pflicht der Achtung, des Schutzes und der Einhaltung der Menschenrechte…

The Myanmar Crisis

Content: Three months have passed since the military coup in Myanmar which led to the overthrow of the democratically elected government. The wave of countrywide mass-protests and the violent crackdown on demonstrators has drastically altered the political and economic reality of Myanmar. As several hundred civilians have been killed by the army so far, there…

Business continuity during Covid-19 and beyond: Surviving the pandemic and flourishing in its wake

Content: This paper is looking into key factors that help to improve companies’ business resilience. It identifies trends in the reactions of businesses to cope with COVID-19 and summarizes viable solutions that contribute to positive continuity of business activities. Year: August 2020 Language: EN Keywords: COVID-19, Pandemic, Business Resilience, Human Rights Due Diligence, Research, Sustainability, Supply Chain Management, Crises…

Are you complying with the EU Sustainability-Related Disclosures Regulation?

Content: A short overview on human rights due diligence requirements in the Regulation (EU) 2019/2088 on sustainability-related disclosures in the financial services sector and what financial market participants can do to comply with the regulation. Year: July 2020 Language: EN Keywords: Sustainability-Related Disclosure, Sustainable Finance, Human Rights Due Diligence, UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), Financial…

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…