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October 17, 2022
BankTrack
- Margaux Day, Natalie Bugalski, Ryan Brightwell
Either they get solved at the annual meeting of signatories starting today in Seoul, or the principles risk fading into irrelevance.
September 9, 2022
ESG Investor
- Coleen Scott
Earlier this year, my colleagues at Inclusive Development International published an investigation that revealed a staggering figure: more than US$13 billion of ESG-labeled investments have gone to companies involved in arming, funding and legitimising the brutal military regime in Myanmar. As shocking and disturbing as that is, it is not an anomaly.
May 9, 2022
Devex
- 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
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
- 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
Medium
- 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
Thompson Reuters Foundation News
- 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
The People's Map of Global China
- 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
The People's Map of Global China
- 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
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
- 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
China Dialogue
- 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.