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Apr

27

April 27, 2022

Financial Services: How the Financial Sector Can Help Accelerate Access to Remedy

How the Financial Sector Can Help Accelerate Access to Remedy

Despite the best efforts of governments and businesses to protect and respect human rights, there is clearly still a need to ensure people harmed by economic activities are able to raise issues and have them addressed.

#Financial Services #Human Rights

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Apr

21

April 21, 2022

Financial Services: Transforming Finance: Priorities for Progress in Advancing Respect for Human Rights

Transforming Finance: Priorities for Progress in Advancing Respect for Human Rights

The time for human rights-respecting finance is now. Our new report elaborates on the call to action set out in the UNGPs 10+ Roadmap for Financial Institutions, highlighting key areas where progress is needed to tackle global challenges and contribute to new systems grounded in respect for human rights.

#ESG #Financial Services #Human Rights

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Mar

22

March 22, 2022

Financial Services: Bridging the Human Rights Gap in ESG

Bridging the Human Rights Gap in ESG

ESG as a framework does not sufficiently capture harms to people or guide decisions that take human rights into account. How can the business and human rights framework help close gaps and increase opportunities in current ESG practice among financial actors?

#Financial Services #Human Rights

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Feb

3

February 3, 2022

Financial Services: Impact-Based Materiality

Impact-Based Materiality

The third in a four-part blog series, we discuss why companies should focus their materiality assessments on impacts that affect the economy, environment, and people, rather than perception.

#Financial Services #Human Rights #Materiality

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Jan

19

January 19, 2022

Financial Services: What If All Garment Workers in Bangladesh Were Financially Included?

What If All Garment Workers in Bangladesh Were Financially Included?

There are 4 million garment workers in Bangladesh, more than 58 percent of whom are women. This raises the question, “What if all garment workers became financially included?”

#Financial Services #HERproject #Womens Empowerment

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Dec

10

December 10, 2021

Financial Services: The Future of Business and Human Rights

The Future of Business and Human Rights

As we celebrate Human Rights Day on December 10—the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights—we are taking the opportunity to reflect on the role of business in shaping a future in which human rights are respected and protected in both law and in practice.

#Financial Services #Human Rights

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Nov

10

November 10, 2021

Financial Services: Allbirds’ SPO Framework Is Step in the Right Direction for ESG Commitments by High-Growth Companies

Allbirds’ SPO Framework Is Step in the Right Direction for ESG Commitments by High-Growth Companies

As Allbirds prepared its initial public offering (IPO), this led to the creation of the Sustainability Principles and Objectives Framework. BSR CEO Aron Cramer shares more about the framework.

#ESG #Financial Services

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Oct

6

October 6, 2021

Financial Services: Inside BSR: Q&A with Paloma Muñoz Quick

Inside BSR: Q&A with Paloma Muñoz Quick

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.

#Financial Services #Human Rights #Inside BSR

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Sep

23

September 23, 2021

Financial Services: Human Rights Are Not Just an “ESG Factor”

Human Rights Are Not Just an “ESG Factor”

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.

#ESG #Financial Services #Human Rights

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Sep

9

September 9, 2021

Financial Services: Reimagining Investment: Human Rights in Venture Capital

Reimagining Investment: Human Rights in Venture Capital

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?

#Financial Services #Human Rights

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