Human rights are not just a values issue. The legal framework is changing - impacting companies, their advisors, and their investors. Even more than before, we need to stay ahead of the curve on this.
Exploitation of migrant workers does not only take place in the global south, it's also an issue in Europe as well, especially in the agriculture industry.
Avoiding human rights abuses in supply chains is increasingly important.
The ILO and the IOM estimate there are 50 million people in situations of 'modern slavery'.
Torres Islanders’ have won a legal case involving climate damage and their right to enjoy culture and family life
The EU’s draft regulation on deforestation-free products proposes to restrict imports of key agricultural commodities
The Lawyer who defeated Shell predicts an “avalanche” of climate cases
A combination of local (& regional) regulation, with an increased use of international human rights law, will create long term risks for companies.
There is an obligation on private entities operating in jurisdictions other than the one where they are domiciled to operate according to human rights and labour standards
Once a government has signed an international treaty and implemented it into national law, then all companies in that country (including their overseas subsidiaries) are also bound by the same obligations.
It's not just in Europe where human rights law is flexing its muscles - the US is getting into the act as well.