Author Archives: Lisa Kos

Accessibility and affordability of healthy foods for all

Written by Sara Posa “Addressing inequities within food systems is ultimately about addressing power imbalances: amplifying the voice of those excluded, and holding the powerful to account.”  Global Nutrition Report 2020 Among the major inequities in the food system is the accessibility and affordability of nutritious and healthy foods across the world. Currently, around 26% […]

A framework for corporate action on food system transformation

For the development of the Food and Agriculture Benchmark, WBA follows a five-year roadmap. Throughout, it will align with relevant agendas of global platforms and initiatives so that the data, key findings and recommendations can be integrated into broader stakeholder actions and community outreach. A central moment in this five-year roadmap is the publication of […]

Update following the destruction of a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal heritage site by Rio Tinto at Juukan Gorge, Western Australia

Due to the destruction of a 46,000-year-old Aboriginal heritage site by Rio Tinto at Juukan Gorge in Western Australia on 24 May 2020, the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) and the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) have decided to append this statement to Rio Tinto’s latest CHRB results. It would be inappropriate for CHRB to continue to assess […]

Measuring the world’s 50 most influential electric utilities companies

WBA’s second Climate and Energy Benchmark measures and ranks the world’s 50 most influential electric utilities companies on their transition to a low-carbon economy. The sector is often described as the ‘great enabler’ of low-carbon energy. Is it living up to its name? Or is it lights out for the Paris Agreement? Electric utilities are […]

Regenerating the food and agriculture system

Written by Mishma Abraham The urgency of food system transformation has never been greater. We need to move away from sustaining less harm, to regenerating and building resilience of the food system itself. An agenda-level alignment of principles and outcomes on regeneration will strengthen the business case for the private sector to adopt and take action on regenerative practices. From […]

Strengthening the CHRB’s approach going forward

The CHRB is conducting a year-long review of its Methodology, in parallel to the 2020 assessment. The review is an opportunity to reflect on the past three years of applying the CHRB Methodology and to gather feedback from a diverse range of stakeholders, with a view to strengthening the CHRB’s approach going forward. The purpose of the review is […]

Reform of the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive: clarity, consistency and comparability across value chains 

The EU Commission has initiated the process to reform the Non-Financial Reporting Directive and announced plans to create EU standards for corporate sustainability reporting. For this purpose, a public consultation has been opened by regulators to gather input from all stakeholders until 11 June 2020. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) also recently published a report on their activities […]

The impact of multinationals in developing countries

Our mission is to build a movement to measure and incentivise business impact towards a future that works for everyone. For this reason, in all our benchmarks, engagement and operational activities, we focus on impact in developing countries.   We published a list of the 2,000 keystone companies that we believe will be most influential for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. They are headquartered […]

Investors with over US$4.5 trillion in assets criticise weak human rights performance of leading companies

Press release A group of 176 international investors representing over $4.5 trillion in assets under management have joined forces to call out the human rights performance of some of the world’s most well-known companies. The 95 worst performing companies on human rights due diligence in the latest Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), which include Carlsberg, […]

We are a fifth of the way there! Let’s hope we are not living on a prayer

Written by Charlotte Hugman and Jennifer van Beek The urgency of climate action has never been greater. Rising temperatures have worsened extreme weather events; wildfire seasons are months longer; and the effects of rising sea levels and coastal erosion are a reality for people now, not sometime in the future. Climate change will continue to […]