Data privacy: are human rights for sale?

How do you balance privacy and transparency? When they conflict, which should win?

See my post here on C&E Advisory’s website.

ParcelForced Labour?

If you open your door to a delivery man, you could be looking at a slave.

Cleaners and delivery drivers in the gig economy are being subject to financial penalties for not showing up for work – that’s beyond docking the pay for work not done: it’s a fine on top. According to the Guardian, . . . → Read More: ParcelForced Labour?

Is reporting child's play?

The ACCA has recently published a report on the reporting of child rights issues, in which I was involved.

The abuse of child rights is one of the most serious issues that a company can face. More than any other it has the potential to bring down any organisation associated with it. That is because . . . → Read More: Is reporting child's play?

The price of a cup of tea

The BBC’s investigation of workers’ conditions on tea plantations in Assam makes depressing reading. The squalor and poverty behind one of the world’s favourite drinks is appalling.

It is striking that the response of Unilever, a company often held up as a beacon of responsibility and sustainability, is so weak. According to the BBC, Unilever . . . → Read More: The price of a cup of tea

Is there no accounting for human rights?

There should be! See my blog for the ACCA.

Amazon: a tale of zero-rights contracts

What makes a good retailer? Is it minimal packaging? Is it community donations? Or is it being able to use the toilet?

The answer, of course, must be all three. But while Amazon has worked on packaging and giving money away, it is working too hard on making it in the first place. According to . . . → Read More: Amazon: a tale of zero-rights contracts

Stealing ahead

Just because you can make a profit, doesn’t make it right.

Oxfam has pointed a finger at the large private interests that are reserving African land for profit while displacing those who have lived on the land and depend on it. Five or six hundred years ago in England it was called enclosure and led . . . → Read More: Stealing ahead

Technology cuts both ways – does that make it neutral?

Technology can facilitate freedom and civil rights. But it can also facilitate oppression. That doesn’t make it neutral, it just means the jury’s still out.

There are a lot of interesting things going on that build on the apparently anarchic style of new technology – at least in California, as April Dembosky’s FT article describes. . . . → Read More: Technology cuts both ways – does that make it neutral?

A soft line on hard choices?

Microsoft has been accused of complicity in aiding the Russian State to crack down on NGOs. In standing firm against software piracy, it appears to have provided help to the Russian police.

One interesting aspect of this story is that it concerns civil and political rights, rather than economic, social and cultural rights, with which . . . → Read More: A soft line on hard choices?

Will ISO 26000 change the world?

The international standards organisation is producing a standard on social responsibility.

How much difference will this make? As I write on the Institute for Human Rights and Business blog, the interest that major political powers are showing in it is a cause for hope – even if their interventions are not always helpful.