Blogs: Workforce Disclosure Initiative

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Carbon Majors Put on Notice of Human Rights Liability

By Vaidehee Sachdev, Senior Research Manager Last week, London was host to the Philippines Human Rights Commission and a two-day hearing, following previous sessions in the Philippines and New York. The hearings form part of a ground-breaking inquiry, instigated by a petition submitted in 2015 by Filipino communities and civil society organisations following a series

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Why Workforce Disclosure Should Be Firmly on the Corporate Agenda

By Clare Richards, Good Work Programme Manager, first published in IR Magazine on 6 September While environmental risks and governance issues like boardroom excess and chairmanship have been on investors’ radars for years, it has taken a while for the trio of ESG factors to be rounded out. The ‘S’ has only recently come to

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The Workforce Disclosure Initiative Goes Global in Second Year

By James Coldwell, Investor Engagement Officer It’s one year since the Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI) launched. With the WDI team preparing to send out the 2018 survey, now is a good time to take stock of what we’ve achieved so far, and what is needed to move further towards the goal of decent work. 

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International Women’s Day 2018: Pushing for Progress in the Workplace

By Merle Jamieson, Research & Engagement Officer, ShareAction The last year has been one of empowerment for women across the globe. From the powerful #metoo campaign that saw millions fearlessly stand up against sexual harassment, and the 100th anniversary of votes for Women in the UK, courageously fought for by the Suffragettes, to women activists

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Why it’s time for investors to #FightInequality

By Charlie Crossley, Project Officer, ShareAction Feature image photo credit: Oxfam Inequality. This time last year the World Economic Forum (WEF) highlighted it as a key risk to the global economy requiring urgent action. A year on, the statistics remain eye-watering: Oxfam estimates that 42 people own the same wealth as the world’s 3.7 billion

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Searching for Shareholders at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

By Charlie Crossley, Project Officer, ShareAction “It’s always beautiful, but you can’t always see Mont Blanc so clearly,” an international human rights lawyer named Steve said casually as we headed to the main assembly hall of the Palais des Nations in Geneva. We were on our way to the opening plenary of the sixth United

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PRI in Person: The S Takes Centre Stage

By James Coldwell, Investor Engagement Officer, ShareAction In her closing remarks at the recent PRI in Person conference, Fiona Reynolds, Managing Director of the PRI, noted that the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer “a way of lifting up social issues”. It was a fitting comment, for these two themes – the SDGs and the

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Money Talks: Unlocking the Investment System for Decent Work

By Felix Nagrawala, Campaigns Intern, ShareAction First published here by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre on 8 August 2017 Institutional investors have the power to unlock change in the corporate world by leveraging the large sums of money they invest in listed companies. In doing so, investors can play a major role in improving

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Making ‘People are our Greatest Asset’ ring true

By Rachel Wilshaw, Ethical Trade Manager, Oxfam GB First published here by Oxfam on 8 August 2017 The Workforce Disclosure Initiative will shine a spotlight on how companies treat the people working in their supply chains. Rachel Wilshaw, Ethical Trade Manager, explains how and why Oxfam is involved.

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The Workforce Disclosure Initiative: A Win-Win-Win for Workers, Companies and Investors

By Felix Nagrawala, Campaigns Intern, ShareAction. First published here by the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) on 18 July 2017. Poor quality and precarious jobs remain prevalent in developing countries around the world. With global and complex supply chains, multinational companies can play a key role in bringing about an improvement in labour standards for workers.

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Tackling Inequality Across the World: Why the workforce matters

By Oscar Jäntti, Digital Engagement Officer, ShareAction As business leaders and economists descended on Davos for the 2016 World Economic Forum (WEF), one issue dominated their discussions: the rising levels of global inequality. The WEF’s report, collated from the testimony of 700 experts, named it as the greatest challenge for the global economy in 2017.

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