Date and Time
Wednesday December 11, 2019
10:00 am-12:00 pm Japan Standard Time
The time is now for an overhaul of the social contract to address 21st-century realities and needs. A new social contract can deliver long-term value creation that enables economic security and mobility, is genuinely inclusive, and addresses challenges such as the transition to clean energy and the emergence of a digital world.
The world’s leading companies have a tremendous opportunity to stand up and promote rights and protections for their LGBTIQ+ employees. The UN LGBTIQ+ Standards Gap Analysis Tool—recently launched by a coalition of international organizations, including BSR and the Partnership for Global LGBTIQ+ Equality (PGLE)—is helping companies to do just that.
Complex interplay of social, political, environmental, and economic factors fosters an environment where violence, oppression, poverty, human rights abuses, and state failure are more likely to occur. Businesses that integrate human rights management into strategic decision-making and day-to-day operations will be more resilient to today’s global challenges while addressing some of the social, economic, and environmental drivers of conflict.
This month's Inside BSR features Paloma Muñoz Quick, an Associate Director in our NYC office. She shares how her life in Chile and Brazil fostered her interest in tackling systemic injustice, her work on investor action on human rights, and how working at BSR supports her commitment to protecting human rights.
The notion that investors should use environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations to inform their decision-making is having a moment. This is undoubtedly a good thing but there is a risk that fundamental concepts—like the responsibility of business to respect human rights—may get lost in the process.
This report explores the intersection between climate and human rights and makes recommendations on taking first steps to create long-term, resilient business strategies that address human rights impacts related to physical climate impacts as well as the transition to a low carbon economy.
The increasingly widespread media coverage of surveillance and spyware technologies has put a spotlight on the role of private equity firms, including venture capital (VC) investors, in financing human rights abuses. How can VC firms meet their human rights responsibilities?
After 10 years of implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), companies are increasingly expected to address the harms they have caused or contributed to through their business relationships. This brief explains what effective remedy is, the role of business, and five recommendations for companies to improve access.