Category: Responsible Business

As many countries around the world celebrate International Workers Day, it seems fitting to pause and reflect on the tragic collapse of the garment factory last week in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This, together with the factory fires in Dhaka late last … Continue reading

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Corporate responsibility (CR) reporting is now firmly on most corporate agendas with 95% of the 250 largest companies in the world reporting on their CR activities. However, despite promising statistics such as these – not to mention the increasing proliferation … Continue reading

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The veteran mining executive Algy Cluff wrote to the FT last week in what was seen by some as the first salvo in an attempt revise (or even repeal) the Bribery Act. The prompt for Mr Cluff to put pen-to-paper … Continue reading

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The 18th Conference of Parties (COP18) to the UNFCCC, which drew to a close last week, was largely characterised by compromise. The process inched slowly towards the 2015 goal where governments hope to finalise a global framework to address climate … Continue reading

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In a speech earlier this month, the UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, called on business to do more to help prevent and monitor the use of trafficked or forced labour in their supply chains. She … Continue reading

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A letter from our Director of Policy, Andrew Wilson, appeared in the Financial Times earlier this week dealing with the issue of natural resource transparency. As an organisation which works to promote the rule of law, we fully recognise the … Continue reading

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Over the last few weeks representatives from the EU Commission and the Office of the US Trade Representative have held meetings in Brussels to discuss the scope of a potential EU-US Trade deal. At the end of last year, leaders … Continue reading

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Transparency is currently one of the hottest topics among policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic. What can be done to give investors more information about companies, transactions, markets and risks? Can greater levels of corporate disclosure enhance regulatory and … Continue reading

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The Financial Times ran a hard-hitting editorial last week on proposed disclosure rules for natural resources firms. The editorial rightly highlights the merits of enhanced transparency in the extractive sector; but regrettably falls into the trap of framing industry concerns … Continue reading

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Last week, the International Development Committee published a report on ‘Working Effectively in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States’. The Committee examined the Department for International Development’s proposed increase in aid and development assistance to fragile and conflict affected states by 2015. … Continue reading

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