The Ontario anti-SLAPP legislation and the right to free and open expression on matters of public interest

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

Guest Post: The ‘gig economy’ on trial, raising CSR concerns

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

#metoo and Corporate Investment Decision-Making: from “Weinstein clauses” to Gender-Lens Investing

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

Guest Post: The UK’s voluntary Living Wage and its contribution to building a better economy and ethical business

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

The Lesson Taught by the Weinstein Scandal: a Case for the Implementation of CSR Measures against Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Introduction In the mere ten months that have passed since the New York Times broke the story of Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long sexual harassment and assault, the “Weinstein scandal” has prompted an unprecedented public outcry, breathing global force into movements for social change (#metoo and Time’s Up to name a few). Harvey Weinstein has become emblematic … Continue reading The Lesson Taught by the Weinstein Scandal: a Case for the Implementation of CSR Measures against Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The alarming rise in the costs of drugs and the irresponsible behavior of pharmaceutical companies

Among all existing industries, the pharmaceutical sector is differentiated by the unique feature that it aims to fight diseases and conditions, thus directly contributing to the improvement of lives across the globe. With a focus on a basic human need such as health, pharmaceuticals have proven to be a highly profitable, prosperous, and ever-growing industry. … Continue reading The alarming rise in the costs of drugs and the irresponsible behavior of pharmaceutical companies

Silencing Human Rights and Environmental Defenders: The overuse of Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (SLAPP) by Corporations

Over the last few years, more and more corporations have used litigation as a tool to attack the credibility of human rights and environmental defenders. This phenomenon is part of what has been labelled, Strategic Litigation against Public Participation; more commonly referred to as SLAPP.  SLAPP is increasingly used by corporations against individuals, or civil … Continue reading Silencing Human Rights and Environmental Defenders: The overuse of Strategic Lawsuits against Public Participation (SLAPP) by Corporations