Supply Chains

Why supply chains are key to empowering women – and increasing GDP

Claire Manuel, (Jun 20, 2018)

Claire Manuel reports on how companies like Mondelez, Marks & Spencer and Walmart are sharing knowledge on how to unleash the power of women throughout their businesses

How Mattel’s quick move rescued Barbie

James Rose, (May 23, 2018)

When the iconic doll was revealed to contain lead paint, the toy giant created a 114-page crisis strategy that has become a case study in CSR crisis management

China’s toy industry lifts game to improve conditions for migrant workers

Terry Slavin, (May 23, 2018)

The Ethical Toy Program, which covers more than half of toy factories in the country, is strengthening its social auditing criteria and improving communication with workers but denies allegations of labour abuses from an NGO. Terry Slavin reports

How QuizRR is taking human rights training to the factory floor

James Rose, (May 23, 2018)

The Swedish edtech company has worked with brands including H&M educating 45,000 workers in Asia on their rights

The brands going beyond auditing to give China’s apparel workers a voice

James Rose, (May 23, 2018)

With an absence of free trade unions and independent NGOs to help companies identify human rights risk, companies like Adidas are going directly to workers

Electronics sector charts new path after 'bloody decade of labour abuse'

James Rose, (May 23, 2018)

China's current Five Year Plan seeks to improve conditions for workers, with electronics one of the priority sectors. James Rose looks at the challenges that must be overcome

Women and children first: how brands are innovating to help China's female workers

Nadine Hawa, (May 23, 2018)

With women earning 35% less than men and facing long separation from children, Nadine Hawa reports on how initiatives like HERproject and Plan W are helping to address the gender gap

Revolutionizing global supply chains through partnerships

Conference Recording, (May 17, 2018)

Greenpeace is right to hold our feet to the fire on deforestation, says Unilever chief

Terry Slavin, (May 1, 2018)

Paul Polman talks to Terry Slavin about the food giant's commitment to sustainable palm oil sourcing and his work to bring transformational change on a global level

'Commonwealth countries must join forces to defeat modern slavery'

Andrew Forrest, (Apr 30, 2018)

Andrew Forrest of Walk Free Foundation and Lord Carlile of Berriew argue that the UK leadership on tackling human rights abuse will be critical over the next two years

Shining a light on the green economy’s human rights challenge in the magazine

Terry Slavin, (Apr 27, 2018)

This month we look at the ESG risks that could put the brakes on uptake of renewable energy and electric vehicles, and the burning issue of land rights

NGOs fear UN REDD+ scheme to combat deforestation will lead to land grabs

Eric Marx, (Apr 26, 2018)

Eric Marx looks at Democratic Republic of the Congo, where REDD+ projects have been criticised for failing to uphold the rights of forest communities, raising concerns about the success of the program globally

Zeroing in on community livelihoods in the palm oil industry

Eric Marx, (Apr 26, 2018)

Unilever, Marks and Spencer and Sime Darby are at the forefront of working with governments and communities to meet their zero deforestation commitments, writes Eric Marx

Brands ‘neglecting land rights’ as key weapon in battle to save forests

Eric Marx, (Apr 26, 2018)

The biggest food brands require suppliers to adhere to principles of free prior and informed consent, but implementation is thin on the ground, reports Eric Marx

How a little local knowledge can go a long way for mining companies

Mike Scott, (Apr 26, 2018)

Mike Scott reports on how using local suppliers and hiring indigenous people offers business benefits for companies like Indonesia's Bumi Resources, Canada's Imperial Metals and Cameco

Towers of steel, feet of clay? Human rights concerns rise over wind industry

Mike Scott, (Apr 24, 2018)

NGOs say the industry’s rapid expansion will be threatened if it doesn’t tackle ESG issues in its extended supply chain, reports Mike Scott

Electric car makers in drive to remove human rights stain from cobalt

Angeli Mehta, (Apr 24, 2018)

Angeli Mehta reports on the global efforts, led by China, to improve sustainability of the raw material that underpins our clean energy future

British retailers target modern slavery in concerted bid to tackle SDGs

Claire Manuel, (Apr 10, 2018)

Boots, John Lewis, M&S, and Sainsbury’s among 25 UK firms to collaborate on addressing issues like recruitment fees in their supply chains

‘World's largest viscose supplier ABG still in denial over rampant water pollution'

Urska Trunk, (Mar 20, 2018)

Urska Trunk of Changing Markets Foundation says pollution by India’s Aditya Birla Group is only getting worse after last year’s exposé on the fashion industry, despite its membership of numerous sustainability certification schemes