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  • May 22, 2018
    The missing links in responsible supply chain management
    Christine Chow
    We recently returned from the OECD’s 12th Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains in Paris. The forum gave its attendees an opportunity to engage with stakeholders from miners to smelters and refiners, local communities, NGOs, government organisations from Africa’s Great Lakes region, as well as global technology, consumer and automobile companies. We have come away with several lessons, namely that a) existing due diligence processes do not address human rights issues at mines
  • February 8, 2018
    Raising the bar – Mind the gaps in the Equator Principles
    Christine Chow
    The $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has proved to be a highly controversial project, with its impacts exceeding the wildest expectations of investors. It was accompanied by protests, court cases, accusations of political interference and even a presidential memorandum. The banks financing the project claim to have adhered to the Equator Principles[1] (EP or the Principles), a credit risk management framework for determining, assessing and managing environmental and social risks in projects. They have been adopted by 92 financial institutions in 37 countries, covering over 70% of project finance debt in emerging markets. An Equator Principles Financial Institution (EPFI) will require its clients – the borrowers – to conduct environmental and social impact assessments for each project.
  • May 15, 2017
    The curious case of diversity dividends – How diversity links to performance
    Christine Chow
    In June 2017, the Women in Governance Roundtable, the only all-female annual governance meeting that brings together female board directors of listed companies and investors will for the first time take place in the UK. The tradition of this annual gathering was established in the US as an acknowledgement of the importance of support and mentoring of female executives and investment professionals. I had the opportunity to participate in the event in New York in 2016 and I am looking forward to a different but equally distinguished crowd in London this year.
  • March 13, 2017
    Beyond tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold – Cobalt mining in the DRC
    Christine Chow
    Just over a year ago, Amnesty International published its This is what we die for report to highlight human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in relation to the mining of cobalt. Supply chain.The DRC, one of the poorest countries in the world, accounts for over half of the world’s supply of cobalt, a mineral widely used in smartphone devices and batteries in electric vehicles. The report called on the world’s leading electronics and car companies to take action, just months after the introduction of the UK Modern Slavery Act.
  • November 29, 2016
    The business case for human rights driving positive change
    Christine Chow
    The dialogue on business and human rights has moved on from the Why to the How – from the alignment of company priorities to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), following the UN announcement of the 17 SDGs in September 2015, and to the deployment of innovative methods that drive positive social impact. In this context, this year, we participated in the panel on the Business Case for Companies to Respect Human Rights at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva in November 2016.