Download the article in PDF format *** When we look at the current societal discourse regarding corporate authority and influence, and in particular in relation to what is commonly defined as the digital revolution, many experts and scholars affirm that we are currently living in a new Gilded Age. The Gilded Age refers to a … Continue reading Steven Donziger vs Chevron: A battle between David and Goliath against human rights violations and environmental degradation
*** Download the article as a PDF *** Introduction To be socially responsible, organizations must deliver value for investors and society. Yet despite the growth in corporate social responsibility (CSR), many major challenges such as tropical deforestation and climate change are greater today than when the CSR movement began accelerating in the 1990s. The problem … Continue reading How to Enhance Social Responsibility with Seemingly Irresponsible Behavior
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
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
As Costantino Grasso noted in his article entitled "Final warning to the world," in 1992, scientists had already issued an ultimatum to humanity invoking the adoption of prompt and vigorous measures aimed at protecting the environment. There have been all too many cases of ecological disaster and environmental pollution that have acted as a "warning … Continue reading Historical Pollution and the Future of the Environment: The Care of «Our Common House» Through Green Corporations
As the Panama Papers, Bahamas Leaks and Paradise Papers scandals have recently demonstrated corruption is rife in our societies. Although corruption has always constituted a plague for human civilization and has also penetrated into unexpected sectors of our communities, such a criminal phenomenon has traditionally been wildly rampant in the energy sector, and its effects … Continue reading The Dark Side of Power: The drivers of corporate corruption in the energy sector
I had to take responsibility for writing the first post on our new blog. Deciding the topic has not been an easy task. I was looking for something that could be at the same time relevant and inspiring. A topic broad enough to let the spirit of our project emerge in its entirety. I got … Continue reading Final warning to the world: Is it finally time for corporations to become more responsible?