"Businesses in the EU depend on complex global value chains. If companies do not properly map and monitor them, unintentional human rights violations or environmental pollution are lurking. Research shows that only 37% of European businesses do some "due diligence" and only 16% do so for the entire value chain."

This opinion piece by Fair Finance Netherlands Project Lead Barbara Oosters examines the latest developments in the proposed new EU law on responsible business conduct.


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"In addition to the roles and responsibilities of rural producers, the agricultural and cattle-breeding chain must, however, be observed in an integral way. In this sense special attention needs to be paid to financial institutions..."

This Opinion piece, by Fábio Machado Pasin of Fair Finance Brazil, which looks at how Brazilian banks finance agribusiness, was originally published in ECOA


"Meaningful civil society and community participation must be embedded into the Just Energy Transition Investment Plan (JET-IP). Not only will this ensure proper oversight if the information is made available, but it will also ensure that the intended outcomes of the JET-IP are genuinely just."

In this article Courtney Morgan, Leanne Govindsamy and Boitumelo Masipa of Fair Finance Coalition Southern Africa respond to the call for public comments on the Just Energy Transition plan and outline questions and concerns about its key priority areas and implementation.


"During March - the month of International Women's Day - we have seen a flood of advertising by financial market companies acclaiming women. But how will that support continue after March?"

This Opinion piece by Julia Dias and Fábio Pasin of Fair Finance Braziloriginally appeared on 11th April in Le Monde diplomatique.


"Even if the UN agreement is in place within a few years – and at best reasonably complied with – it means that 70% of the sea surface is not protected from exploitation. It is, therefore, extra important to shine a light on the actors who, alongside the UN, can make a difference. And here banks play a key role."

In this Opinion piece, in light of the UN's new agreement on deep-sea protection, Fair Finance Guide Sweden Project Manager Jakob König, examines Swedish banks funding for deep-sea mining projects.