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Business & Human Rights Update: UK Government announces further supply chain restrictions

The evidence outlined by the UK Government includes allegations of forced sterilisation, extra-judicial detention and forced labour. The proposals are intended to "send a clear message that these violations of human rights are unacceptable, and to safeguard UK businesses and public bodies from any involvement or linkage with them".

Trends in global climate change litigation

Despite the significant body of scientific research indicating that we are reaching a tipping point in the global fight against the damaging effects of climate change, global carbon output continues to climb. However, there is growing international consensus around the need for urgent action to reverse the effects of climate change.

Ethnicity pay gap reporting

In December 2020, the BBC reported that black workers at Lloyds Bank earn a fifth less than other colleagues. According to the bank, the discrepancy is because they "are disproportionately under-represented at senior levels".

Gender fluidity discrimination

Taylor v Jaguar Landrover

The employee in this case had worked as an engineer for the employer for many years. Having previously identified as male, from 2017 onwards, the employee identified as gender fluid and non-binary, and generally dressed in female clothing.

Frameworks for standards for non-financial reporting

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy ("BEIS") has published its Final Report: Frameworks for standards for non-financial reporting ("NFR") (the "Report") which sets out the preferences of key U.K. stakeholders around NFR standards. Whilst established reporting standards and accounting principles for financial reporting are available to businesses, the Report notes there is no equivalent for NFR despite there being a number of key drivers for the publication of this information (set out below) and so, although the purpose of this research is not to endorse a specific framework, BEIS hopes that it may support future studies exploring potential changes to policy in this area.

ICLG: ESG and UK pension schemes - challenges and opportunities

Derivatives & Structured Products Partner, Jonathan Gilmour, and Pensions Partner, Andy Lewis, have jointly contributed to the recently published International Comparative Legal Guide on Environmental, Social & Governance Law 2021, with a chapter on the economic rationale behind ESG investment and the key challenges and opportunities which flow from ESG-related pensions law and regulation

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