Responsible business, human rights and sustainability

Responsible business, human rights and sustainability guidance:

What are the UN Guiding Principles? In June 2011 the UN Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The UN Human...

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There is a growing recognition that business has a duty to respect human rights to the extent that they are connected to their operations, their supply chain and the...

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Defining corporate social responsibility Corporate social responsibility (CSR), also known as corporate responsibility or corporate citizenship is a business management...

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The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) sets out strong protections of the green belt. It notes that the government attaches great importance to green belts and...

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Brexit impact As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an...

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As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation...

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Environmental claims This Practice Note summarises the principal controls surrounding the use of environmental claims in advertising and covers the following key areas:...

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Brexit impact As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an...

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As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation...

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What is environmental social governance (ESG)? Environmental social governance (ESG) is an umbrella term covering a range of environmental, social and governance factors...

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FORTHCOMING DEVELOPMENT 1: The Pensions Regulator has co-established an industry working group on climate change to produce guidance for pension schemes on...

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The fundamental aim of green belt policy is to prevent urban sprawl by keeping land permanently open. The essential characteristics of green belts are their openness and...

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ISO 26000 was published on 1 November 2010. Unlike most international standards which implement a management system, ISO 26000 is intended to assist organisations in...

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Why is human rights due diligence important? Human rights due diligence is not currently a legal requirement in the UK but is accepted good industry practice driven by...

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Business and human rights is an emerging area. Not only did the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) receive unanimous approval from the Human...

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Brexit impact As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an...

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Practitioners should be aware of the extent that social, environmental and ethical considerations must be taken into account in investment decisions. Pension scheme...

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Sustainable development essentially means keeping current development within sustainable levels, protecting the needs and resources of the environment and mankind. It...

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What are planning use swaps and how do they arise? There is no specific legislation governing planning use swaps. The need for use swaps can arise where a local planning...

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Policy context The original version of the National Planning Policy Framework (2012 NPPF) was published on 27 March 2012, taking immediate effect. It consolidated over...

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Local planning authorities (LPAs) and the Environment Agency (EA) have powers and duties that largely complement each other in contributing towards the protection of the...

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Key terms The terms ‘responsible business, ‘corporate responsibility’ (CR) or ‘corporate social responsibility’ (CSR), and ‘environmental social governance’ (ESG) are...

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As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation...

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The public increasingly hold organisations responsible for the impact of their suppliers' practices on the environment and local communities. Forward thinking and...

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UK government sustainable development strategy In 2011, the UK government published its vision on mainstreaming sustainable development. In 2013, Defra delivered a...

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Brexit impact As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an...

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The basic definition The concept of sustainable development and what exactly it covers is the subject of much debate. The most widely recognised definition dates back to...

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Defining sustainable development—the background UK mechanisms touching on sustainable development are generally based on, and have as their overarching objective, some...

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Developers face increasing legislative pressure to design, construct, maintain and demolish buildings in a sustainable way, ie by minimising impacts on climate change and...

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Defining sustainable development The concept of sustainable development and what exactly it covers is the subject of much debate. Most definitions of sustainable...

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