Introduction Recent legal developments in European countries challenge the principle of separate legal personality by extending liability to parent companies for harm caused by the operation of foreign countries. This post focuses on some cases brought before the Netherlands and English courts. These cases involve Nigerian residents and farmers seeking compensation from both Dutch and … Continue reading Towards a socially responsible approach to the duty of care? A comparative approach to the Shell cases in UK and Netherlands
In recent times, it has emerged that corporations are increasingly using ordinary legal instruments to hush human rights and environmental defenders. Such a phenomenon, which is known as "Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP)," is based on the extreme asymmetry in the balance of forces between corporations and activists. The misuse of legal actions to … Continue reading The Ontario anti-SLAPP legislation and the right to free and open expression on matters of public interest
A renewed impetus in the gender debate – propelled by Fourth-Wave Feminism and most notably by the #metoo movement – is leading us to re-evaluate accepted practices of the past and rectify problematic practices that have spilled over into the present (see also the previous article on #metoo and Corporate Investment). But what about the … Continue reading Artificial Intelligence, Gender Bias, and the Responsibility of Tech Companies
I dreamed of organizing an international conference on the protection of whistleblowers since 2015. Such a desire was also driven by the idea of paying a special tribute to Daphne Caruana Galizia and the other 1342 journalists killed from 1992 to 2019 for motives directly related to their investigations, as well as to all whistleblowers … Continue reading Report on the International Conference “Whistleblowers: Voices of Justice”, London, 10 May 2019
*** We are delighted to communicate that the Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics Blog has been selected by Feedspot as one of Top 100 Business Blogs on the web. *** Oksana Musaelyan, Founder of the Refugee Voice Advocacy and Rights Protection NGO, contributes to today’s guest post: Approximately 360,000 ethnic Armenians arrived in Armenia from … Continue reading Guest Post – The unheard voice of Armenian Refugees from Azerbaijan: Have media companies acted in an irresponsible way?
Prof. Stephen Hardy, Professor of Law and Head of Coventry Law School, contributes to today’s guest post: The term ‘gig economy’ refers to a free market system in which temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements. This trend towards a gig economy has created a growth in independent contractors with … Continue reading Guest Post: The ‘gig economy’ on trial, raising CSR concerns
In the article "The Lesson Taught by the Weinstein Scandal" I began to look at how the #metoo movement might come to affect company behaviour. A look at the trends that have emerged over just the past few months reveals a clear shift in approach. Companies and investors are developing an unprecedented sensitivity to #metoo issues … Continue reading #metoo and Corporate Investment Decision-Making: from “Weinstein clauses” to Gender-Lens Investing
Dr Andrea Werner, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Management Leadership & Organisations of the Middlesex University Business School, contributes to today’s guest post: In 2017, nearly 5 million people in the UK earned less than two-thirds than the poverty threshold of two-thirds of median hourly wage, an indication that despite low unemployment figures a significant proportion of the UK … Continue reading Guest Post: The UK’s voluntary Living Wage and its contribution to building a better economy and ethical business