Human Rights: A Rainbow of Challenges
For the month of May Talkback asks you to share your wisdom on human rights, equality and diversity.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon recently framed the 17 draft Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) into six ‘essential elements’ of dignity, prosperity, justice, partnership, planet and people, ensuring human rights, equality and diversity place as foundational pillars of every organisation’s considerations until at least 2030.
How do we accelerate progress on issues including race, religion, gender, age, disability and sexual orientation?
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Posted: Oct 12, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Similar to a carbon footprint, which measures a company’s greenhouse gas emissions, the human rights footprint of companies has been scrutinized for many years with addressing such issues as slavery in their supply chains, lawsuits, consumer pressure, and occasionally of their own volition. Business’ human rights footprints should include at the very least their labour practices and supply chain processes, but also the financial support that they knowingly or unknowingly (risk management) could be supporting oppressive regimes through commercial engagement.
Posted: Jul 01, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Businesses embarking on human rights due diligence for the first time often assume that they need to focus only on those human rights which are associated with risks in their particular sector. However, it is unwise to choose only one human right and exclude the others from the due diligence process. Human rights are interrelated and often go hand-in-hand.
Posted: May 20, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
It’s easy to think the battle for LGBT rights is almost over in this country.
Public opinion has changed rapidly over the past decade, and the U.S. Supreme Court is widely expected to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states when it rules this June. But it’s premature to declare LGBT rights a settled issue. Much like the civil rights movement after the passage of major legislation, many issues in the struggle for equality remain unsettled.
In fact, businesses may find the latest battlefront on their doorstep.
Posted: May 11, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Education is a human right – it is the key that unlocks the door to all other rights, including economic equality, for millions of minority and low-income students. Beyond that, education is the unacknowledged engine that runs the American economy on both the individual and national level. Fueling that engine through scholarships secures human rights, empowers individuals, and creates wealth that has long-lasting generational impact.
Posted: May 04, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
In March, The New York Times ran a column declaring that "Fewer Women Run Big Companies Than Men named John." The article cited a Glass Ceiling Index that showed that Jims, Bobs, Jacks and Bills combined outnumber the total number of women among chief executives of S&P 1500 firms. A woeful sign that women still lag in leadership roles in corporate America. But go deeper down the corporate ladder and the story is even worse.
Posted: Apr 17, 2015 – 06:00 AM EST
Today’s call for Talkback submissions for the month of May asks you to share your wisdom on human rights, equality and diversity.