Topic Archives: Human Rights

Why the ‘Decent Work’ Agenda is Reshaping Sustainability Goals

This is the final part of a 6-part series revealing findings from SustainAbility’s recent report, “Targeting Value,” with a focus on how the landscape of sustainability goals around the decent work agenda is evolving. The “Decent Work” agenda is not new. The International Labor Organization (ILO) has been promoting decent work standards since 1919, and we have come a long way

Meet Our Network: Matthew Powell, Breaking Barriers

Denise Delaney interviewed Matthew Powell, CEO of Breaking Barriers, a young charity working with refugees and business in the UK to break down the barriers to meaningful employment. What’s the scale of the challenge in the UK? There are over 125,000 refugees in the UK with the legal right to work from countries such as

The Business Response to Displacement & Migration

More than a million refugees crossed into Europe in 2015 alone, part of the 50 million refugees worldwide. According to the World Economic Forum, if a country was created from all the displaced people it would be the 24th largest in the world. Migration is not new, but the scale in Europe in contemporary times

Meet Our Network: Sean Ansett

Having held senior corporate responsibility positions at Burberry and Gap Inc., Sean Ansett now provides strategic advice on ethical trade, human rights and environmental sustainability. Zoë Arden spoke with him about his work with LaborVoices, a social enterprise that polls workers through their mobile phones to provide real-time visibility inside supply chains. Zoë Arden: Can

Global Trends & Oppprtunties

For our annual trends outlook, we reviewed our own ongoing issue tracking and interviewed two dozen global sustainability experts on their expectations for 2016 and beyond, honing in on key issues and opportunities that will define the field, and on signals for companies and others to watch. The conversation is now about the best way

The Changing Landscape of Liability

The issue of past, current and potential liabilities has exercised boards of large companies for decades. This report makes the case that the landscape of liability – and therefore the risks for companies and to shareholder value – is changing and changing rapidly. Companies must shift from passive to active corporate responsibility. Tweet this It

Buried Treasure

Buried Treasure: Uncovering the Business Case for Corporate Sustainability seeks to uncover evidence to test the premise that responsible business is value enhancing. The Sustainable Business Value Matrix links ten dimensions of sustainable development performance (e.g. accountability & transparency, environmental process focus, human rights, workplace conditions) with ten more traditional measures of business success (e.g.