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24 February 2017

CEO activism & the impact of social media in the Trump era

Author: Jena McGregor, The Washington Post (USA)

“The Cost Of Silence: Why More CEOs Are Speaking Out In The Trump Era”, 21 Feb 2017  ...

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Article
24 February 2017

UN Working Group on business & human rights raises concerns about discussion paper on financial sector's human rights responsibilities

The Working Group finds that the Discussion Paper provides some useful practical considerations for banks in certain situations where they may be directly linked to human rights impacts through the financial products or services they provide to third...

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23 February 2017

Report: European Investment Bank allegedly fails to safeguard vulnerable groups, including refugees, in projects outside EU

Author: CEE Bankwatch Network & Counter Balance

"Here be dragons: How the EU bank's development finance overlooks people at risk", 18 November 2016...

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Article
23 February 2017

The Elephant in the Room": Corporate Tax Avoidance & Business and Human Rights

Author: Shane Darcy, Business and Human Rights Journal, Volume 2, Issue 1

This article addresses tax avoidance by companies in the context of the emerging field of business and human rights. It describes the mechanics of corporate tax avoidance and the human costs of such practices. It then considers the extent to which tax...

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Article
23 February 2017

USA: 100 investors express continued support for conflict minerals due diligence requirement under Dodd Frank Act

Author: Boston Common Asset Management, Interfath Centre for Corporate Responsibility, Mercy Investment Services, Responsible Sourcing Network, Trillium Asset Management, US SIF & other investors

As investors and investor groups with over $3.75 trillion in assets under management, we are writing to express our continued support for Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the U.S. Securities and...

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Report
22 February 2017

Investor guidance for engaging with banks on climate change

Author: ShareAction

...This report provides guidelines to inform investor engagement with banks, in line with the Paris Agreement. Investors are often the clients, shareholders and bondholders of banks and therefore have several levers to promote change in the sector....

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22 February 2017

USA: 130 investors call on banks financing DAPL pipeline to address Sioux tribe's rights citing reputational & financial risks

Author: Boston Common Asset Management & 129 investors

"Investors Urge Banks to Support Re-routing Dakota Access Pipeline, Protect Water", 17 Feb 2017...

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Article
21 February 2017

Comments on Thun Group of Banks Discussion Paper on the Implications of UN Guiding Principles 13 & 17 in a Corporate and Investment Banking Context

Author: John G. Ruggie, Harvard Univ, former UN Special Representative on business & human rights

I welcomed the Thun Group of Banks' initiative to elaborate on the application of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) to banking when it first started up some five years ago...I am also keenly aware that, beyond their own...

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Article
20 February 2017

HSBC tightens standards on lending to the palm oil industry following Greenpeace report on its links to environmental destruction in Indonesia

Author: Emiko Terazono and Martin Arnold, Financial Times

“HSBC tightens standards on lending to palm oil industry”, 20 Feb 2017...

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Story
20 February 2017

Major agricultural lenders adopt social & environmental safeguards

Members of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF) announced at their regional meeting that they have formally adopted a set of jointly developed environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles. Under the principles, the members...

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