21
OCT
2015

Why Political Risk Matters

This is the first in a series of articles that looks at human rights risk and how to integrate principles of risk analysis into global business development. What is political risk and why does it matter to businesses? The following situation is playing out as we speak and...
13
OCT
2015

International Code of Conduct Association Reviews the Past Year and Maps Road Ahead

The International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA) held its Annual General Assembly meeting on October 8 in Geneva. The ICoCA, established in September 2013, governs and oversees implementation of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers and...
25
AUG
2015

Sustainable Energy and Undergrid Risk

Sustainable energy development promises vast amounts of electrical power around the world while promising a better environment. As the cost of solar, thermal and wind energy declines relative to traditional carbon sources, its use is growing exponentially in the developed and...
29
JUL
2015

Measuring Human Rights Impacts with Geospatial Information

Today, human rights investigators have unprecedented access to information. Access to government archives, corporate information and a range of data on people around the world abound. In recent years, human rights activists have also turned to satellite imagery as another means...
27
MAY
2015

ICGN: Investors and Human Rights Risk

Recently, the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) published an article, “Viewpoint: Human Rights Through a Corporate Governance Lens.” The crux of the piece was that human rights pose governance risk to the corporate enterprise and investors must consider human...
18
DEC
2014

Human Rights and the Institutional Investor

As businesses and governments operationalize the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, their application to a wider range of business activities is becoming more apparent. This is true when applying the Guiding Principles to institutional investors faced with an...
11
JUL
2014

Risk Becomes Reality When Companies Fail to Respect Human Rights

Recent headlines are a reminder to companies operating in complex environments that failure to respect human rights can result in legal, financial, and reputational liabilities. There are very real risks and costs associated with not fostering a company culture and management...
01
JUL
2014

Tangguh Panel Offers Hope for West Papua

Last week, I had occasion to attend a briefing from two members of the Tangguh Independent Advisory Panel (TIAP), Pak Augustinus Rumansara and the TIAP Chair Tom Daschle. Held at the law offices of DLA Piper in downtown Washington DC, the purpose of the briefing was to inform the...
23
JUN
2014

New Private Security Monitor Commentary on Draft ISO Standard for Security Operations

Human Analytics’ Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt has written a commentary for the University of Denver Private Security Monitor website. Private Security Monitor is a one-stop shop with a wealth of information related to the use and regulation of private military and security...
12
JUN
2014

New ISO standard for private security services under development

The May-June issue of ISOfocus, the magazine of the International Organization for Standardization, features an article, Policing Private Security, which highlights one of ISO’s current standard setting efforts to develop a management system standard for provision of...
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