#59 Responding to human rights: Where to start and how to protect your business

 

This episode of the Better Business Show is brought to you in association with KPMG, the global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. KPMG also works with clients to help identify, understand and manage their human rights and social impact.

To find out more head to www.kpmg.com/humanrights

 
 
 

Show notes

This time we’re spending some time with a man at the very heart of the business response to human rights. Richard Boele has spent his entire career fighting the good cause for responsible business practice and remains hopeful that the tide is turning on corporate malpractice.

Perhaps it's too early to make a full assessment as to the effectiveness of measures like the UK's Modern Slavery Act, with the first round of reporting having only just been carried out. But companies certainly need to be encouraged to be as open and transparent as possible.

And it is certainly safe to say that the issue of human rights is one that no company wants to be embroiled in, as well as one subject that every company is most certainly exposed and at risk of.

That’s why we’ve dedicated the bulk of this episode to the subject and we’re super excited to have grabbed Richard Boele to appear on the show.

Richard Boele, KPMG's head of specialist human rights and social impact group

Richard Boele, KPMG's head of specialist human rights and social impact group

In 2015 KPMG Australia raised eyebrows in the business world when it bought a specialist human rights consultancy called Banarra – it was not a move many people expected from an accounting and business consulting firm. But it was a wise move, as you can find out in this week's episode.

Two years on from that acquisition, Richard has firmly established human rights advisory as a service that KPMG member firms now provide to clients around the world.

An absolute goldmine of information, insight and knowledge on the subject of human rights – and the business response – make the most of Richard Boele, KPMG's head of specialist human rights and social impact group.

You can find the KPMG report, 'Addressing human rights in business: Executive perspectives' at www.kpmg.com/human rights.

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Episode #24 - From ethics campaigner to viable smartphone business, meet the rather brilliant Fairphone

Show notes

This week, we're in the company of Bibi Bleekemolen, impact development manager at Fairphone, the smartphone business with a difference. How did this campaigning organisation go from banging the drum on supply chain ethics, to launching a smart smartphone with a super transparent supply chain – no mean feat of the often murky world of conflict minerals and widespread human rights abuse? We ask Bibi to reveal all.

Subjects explored include:
– Supply chain ethics – and big, fat problem with smartphones;
– The history of Fairphone as a campaigning movement;
– What does conflict-free mineral mining look like?
– How does Fairphone trace its components through the supply chain to ensure full traceability? And what does that mean, anyway?
– Why aren't big players – like Apple and Samsung – being more open in disclosing where their minerals and metals are coming from?
– The Dodd-Frank Act – and why it has been useful?
– Balancing the economic impact and the social impact of encouraging and supporting responsible mining in the developing world;
– How Fairphone's model might be replicated by others across the smartphone and electronics sector.

For more on Fairphone check out the website. And you can follow Bibi on Twitter here.

Bibi Bleekemolen, Fairphone's impact development manager

Bibi Bleekemolen, Fairphone's impact development manager

A semi-industrialised tungsten mine, Rwanda

A semi-industrialised tungsten mine, Rwanda

Mined, and washed, tungsten

Mined, and washed, tungsten

The Fairphone 2

The Fairphone 2

The Fairphone 2, exploded view of modular architecture

The Fairphone 2, exploded view of modular architecture


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- 10 reasons why Glastonbury was greener than ever
Block-Hood, the videograme teaching kids how to design smart cities
– Ludovico Einaudi's solemn Arctic gig
- The GlobeScan/SustainAbility 'Sustainability Leaders Survey', which has Unilever on top, yet again

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