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May 9, 2022
aaron pedrosa, David Pred, kate geary
In July 2016, environmental activist Gloria Capitan was brutally killed in front of her 8-year-old grandson in the Bataan province of the Philippines, allegedly due to her anti-coal advocacy as the leader of the Coal-Free Bataan Movement. Climate change is perhaps the biggest threat that humanity faces, yet the people who devote their lives to this cause are under attack.
March 21, 2022
David Pred, Natalie Bugalski
ESG-labeled funds have exploded in popularity in recent years, hitting $3.9 trillion in assets under management last year. Driven by marketing claims that ESG is a way for investors to align their money with their values, it’s now the fastest growing sector of financial services. But these funds are littered with companies with appalling records.
February 4, 2022
David Pred, Natalie Bugalski
The UK government body charged with enforcing the OECD’s standards on responsible business conduct called out the sugar industry’s sustainability association last month for admitting a company responsible for gross human rights abuses.
December 16, 2021
Dustin Roasa
Examples like this don’t just undermine the credibility of ESG. They also make it much more difficult for victims of corporate abuse to secure accountability.
October 27, 2021
Mark Bo, Natalie Bugalski
When the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was first announced by China in 2013, a flurry of speculation erupted around which countries would join and how closely the new institution would follow the path trodden by traditional multilateral development banks such as the World Bank.
October 18, 2021
Mark Bo
In September 2020, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced in a speech to the UN General Assembly that China aimed to hit peak carbon emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060 (Xi 2020).
June 24, 2021
Coleen Scott, Sarah Jaffe
For too long, consumer brands have sourced raw materials from abusive companies. With mandatory due diligence laws on the horizon in Europe, communities will finally have the opportunity hold brands accountable for violations in their supply chains.
May 14, 2021
Mark Bo, Natalie Bugalski
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank wants to mobilise private capital to meet infrastructure needs. But by harnessing the capital markets, the bank is entering dangerous territory – and putting people and the environment at risk.
May 11, 2021
Mark Bo
In early 2020, Cambodian authorities fast-tracked approval of two new coal plants. Soon after, they also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Lao Government committing to purchase energy imports from two proposed coal plants in southern Laos.
January 28, 2021
Dustin Roasa, Tongam Panggabean
China has recently tightened its mining safety regulations, but they don’t apply to Chinese-owned mines overseas.