How mining became a global CSR Achilles' heel
Posted on 08-27-2019 by Lisa Thompson

Our globalized society relies heavily on highspeed communication, made possible by the continuous innovation in the global electronic industry. Everyday electronics like smartphones, tablets and laptops, along with the rapidly growing market for Internet of Things (IoT) technology, require a vast amount... Read More

Before you say, ‘Be Mine’, be mindful of forced labor risk
Posted on 02-13-2019 by Lisa Thompson

The Valentine’s Day pressure is on. What gift will you choose to express your love to your sweetheart? Chocolate, roses and jewelry usually top the list of options—and the National Retail Federation projects that spending for Valentine's Day will top $20 billion this year. Jewelry captures... Read More

3 Reasons the Fashion Industry Fails on ESG Standards
Posted on 02-08-2019 by Lisa Thompson

Paris, Milan, New York—The biggest fashion houses take center stage in the coming weeks. And when the buzz starts, the fashion industry will race to take the couture collections from the runways to the more affordable racks of retailers. But in the sprint to deliver what many consider ‘disposable’... Read More

Is Your Company Doing Enough to End Human Trafficking?
Posted on 01-09-2019 by Lisa Thompson

January 11 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Established in 2007 by a Senate resolution, the day shines a spotlight on the issue of trafficking men, women and children for financial gain. Many associate trafficking with sexual exploitation, however among an estimated 16 million human trafficking... Read More

How forced labor impacts the global labor market
Posted on 12-18-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Migration is a recurrent theme in human history. Whether seeking to escape violence, natural disasters or poverty, migrants express their determination for better lives through migration. On International Migrants Day, we look at a particular risk that migrants face—forced labor. The issue is more... Read More

'Tis the season to combat forced labor
Posted on 12-13-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Holiday traditions vary. Whether you festoon a Christmas tree with sparkly baubles and tinsel, light a menorah for Hanukkah or tackle feats of strength for Festivus, gift-giving and holiday parties are likely part of your tradition too. But these seasonal celebrations have a dark side—the risk... Read More

Is forced labor & income inequality in your grocery cart?
Posted on 11-16-2018 by Lisa Thompson

How long would it take a woman processing shrimp in a typical Indonesia or Thai facility to earn what a CEO of a major grocer takes home in one year’s salary? 4,000 years. It’s just one of the disturbing statistics shared by Oxfam’s #BehindTheBarcode campaign to raise awareness into... Read More

Can companies use ISO 37001 to help eradicate poverty?
Posted on 10-17-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Twenty-five years ago, the United Nations General Assembly declared October 17th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty . In marking the anniversary, the UN has stated that … “all people must come together to end poverty and discrimination in order to build a sustainable future... Read More

2 Reasons why companies need to conduct risk assessments of their own compliance programs
Posted on 10-08-2018 by Lisa Thompson

As the aftermath of corporate corruption and ethics scandals continue to play out in news headlines and courtrooms, spurring a continued search for expert advice and best practices on mitigating compliance risk . So, when a former compliance expert at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and a Harvard... Read More

Compliance risk in the UK: what companies need to know
Posted on 08-29-2018 by Lisa Thompson

The global compliance landscape is becoming ever more complex, and some of the most significant recent developments in ABC and AML legislation have happened in the UK. All companies who operate in the UK need to be aware of these laws, as well as growing consumer expectations of ethical behavior, if... Read More

FCPA Hangover: Whiskey Maker's $8M Settlement Puts Food & Drink Industry on Notice
Posted on 07-13-2018 by Lisa Thompson

The makers of Jim Beam whisky have paid $8 million to settle allegations of bribing government officials to enter the Indian market. The settlement is a timely reminder of the continued threat of FCPA enforcement action , and the particular risks posed by third parties in the food and drink industry... Read More

Cracks in Food Safety Programs Lead to ‘Eggstraordinary’ Recall
Posted on 06-13-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Two-hundred and seven million eggs were recalled on April 13th of this year—the largest such recall in the U.S. in nearly 10 years. By May, another 12 people from 9 states had fallen ill from the tainted eggs, bringing the total to 35 with 11 individuals requiring hospitalization. Major supermarket... Read More

CONSTRUCTing a new approach to CSR
Posted on 04-06-2018 by Lisa Thompson

Environmental and social issues driving change in the construction industry Guest Post by Colleen Theron, Director Ardea Since Russia and Qatar won their bids to host the FIFA World Cups in 2018 and 2022 respectively, the construction industry has come under the spotlight for their human rights... Read More

Taking Stock: UN World Day of Social Justice and Corporate Social Responsibility
Posted on 02-20-2018 by Lisa Thompson

The relationship between social injustice—and those who turn a blind eye to it—has been recognized by great minds across the ages. “Your silence is consent,” said Plato 24 centuries ago. “He who does not oppose evil, commands it to be done,” said Leonardo Da Vinci... Read More

Strong risk of modern slavery in construction industry
Posted on 01-12-2017 by Ulyana Androsova

There is a "strong risk" of modern slavery in the global construction sector and its material supply chains, according to a recent LexisNexis report . The report found that forced labor and other exploitation that constitutes modern slavery are common, concealed and subject to inadequate prevention... Read More

Reviewing compliance trends in 2016
Posted on 12-15-2016 by Ulyana Androsova

With 2016 drawing to a close, we review the main developments in financial crime over the last year. Beneficial ownership making headlines Beneficial ownership was arguably the most talked-about issue in financial crime in 2016. This was partly because of the release of the Panama Papers in April... Read More

Here’s Why Your Due Diligence Needs to Encompass Forced Labor Risk
Posted on 11-14-2016 by Ulyana Androsova

Earlier this year, the BBC reported on the use of forced labor on construction projects as Qatar prepares to host the biggest soccer matches of 2022. Citing Amnesty International ‘s interviews with more than 200 migrant workers employed in and around the future stadium, the BBC noted that abuses... Read More

Anti-Slavery Day 2016: Your Due Diligence Efforts Can Make a Difference
Posted on 10-18-2016 by Ulyana Androsova

Around the globe, countries have declared October 18 Anti-Trafficking Day or Anti-Slavery Day to increase awareness into the ongoing plight of men, women and children impacted by modern slavery. As such, it is an ideal day to look at how companies can—and in some cases, are required to—mitigate... Read More