This year's Golden Globes, spurred by the #MeToo movement, has made it clear that despite ubiquitous human resources (HR) policies and training requirements, harassment and abuse in the workplace continues to be a major problem. The scale of the challenge is staggering. According to an NBC News and Wall Street Journal Poll, nearly half of working women in the US say they have experienced harassment in the workplace. This epidemic is not just an HR challenge, it is a human rights challenge.
In the latest of our series, 'Five Questions for Business & Human Rights Leaders,' Article One speaks with Louise Nicholls, Corporate Head of Human Rights, Food Sustainability (Plan A) and Food Packaging at Marks & Spencer (M&S). Since joining M&S in 2008, Ms. Nicholls has led the retail company’s ethical trade and human rights program. In this profile, Ms. Nicholls discusses advancing corporate human rights management, how public reporting and rankings impact her work, and tips for a successful career in the business and human rights field.
Dan Bross, who recently retired after 18 years leading Microsoft’s global corporate social responsibility program, is joining Article One today as a senior advisor. As the architect of Microsoft’s renowned business and human rights program, Dan was an internal champion for human rights there, and by joining us, he will serve as an expert advisor for Article One clients who are developing and expanding their approach to business and human rights. In this Q&A Dan shares his insights from his impressive career advancing human rights within companies.
In the two months since Rex Tillerson took office as U.S. Secretary of State, Tillerson notably skipped the release of the State Department’s annual human rights report and decided to lift all human rights conditions on the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain. In this post, Article One Advisor, Marissa Saretsky reflects on the potential implications of the U.S. State Department’s shifting position on human rights for business.
In the latest of our series, 'Five Questions for Business & Human Rights Leaders,' Article One speaks with Elisabeth Best of Qualcomm. Since joining Qualcomm, Lis has championed the company's human rights efforts including mapping its human rights impacts and integrating respect for human rights into key business decisions.
The agriculture supply chain already faces a number of human rights challenges, most notably linked to working conditions in agricultural fields – child labor, forced overtime, inadequate wages, and human trafficking are traditional examples. However, as we are finding in the human rights due diligence that we are conducting in this sector, the scope of issues broadens significantly when considering the impacts of climate change.
The French Parliament recently adopted a duty of vigilance, or “devoir de vigilance,” obligation for large companies headquartered in France. In doing so, France became the first country to require corporations to conduct human rights due diligence. While the law currently applies only to French companies, it could have wide-ranging implications for formal requirements in other jurisdictions.
In the latest of our series, 'Five Questions for Business & Human Rights Leaders,' Article One speaks with Phil Bloomer of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. Since joining BHRRC in 2013, Mr. Bloomer has led the launch of the Company and Government Action Platform as well as the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark. In this profile, Mr. Bloomer discusses how concerns about inequality led him to work on human rights, and what he would be doing if he weren't working to advance BHRRC's mission.
Leading companies today understand that they have a responsibility to respect human rights wherever they operate. But who are the people making sure that their companies meet this responsibility? As part of the Peterson Series at Haas, Article One sat down with two of its clients, Gap and Microsoft, to explore how business leaders can embed human rights in their companies in ways that advance both business goals and human rights.
Over the past few months, Article One has worked with a number of technology companies to help address new challenges at the intersection of technology and human rights. But it was the realization that technology issues kept coming up in our human rights work with clients in retail, consumer products, hospitality, and other sectors that spurred us to reach out to a number of experts in this field to better understand emerging trends and stakeholder expectations.
In the latest of our series, 'Five Questions for Business & Human Rights Leaders,' Article One speaks with Irit Tamir of Oxfam America. In her seven years at Oxfam, Ms. Tamir led the launch of Oxfam America's Behind the Brands and supported community-led human rights impact assessments with migrant and undocumented farmworkers in the United States. In this profile, Ms. Tamir offers advice to CEOs and discusses the one thing that continues to surprise her about working on business and human rights.
On Sunday, Leonardo DiCaprio shared the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama, won for his role in “The Revenant,” with indigenous communities around the world. “It is time that we recognized your history, and that we protect your indigenous lands from corporate interests and people that are out there to exploit them,” he said. And he’s right. The land of indigenous people needs to be protected, and it can’t be without a commitment by governments and corporations to do so.