Recorded during the global COVID-19 pandemic, in this episode of the PRI podcast, the PRI's CEO, Fiona Reynolds, speaks to Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).
They discuss the role investors can play to support the health and safety of workers during this time; how investors can mitigate negative impacts on workers in the gig economy; and how we can ensure the rights of women and vulnerable groups are considered during the crisis.
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In this episode, the PRI's CEO, Fiona Reynolds, speaks with our very special guest, Ted Kennedy, Jr.
As a paediatric bone cancer survivor and amputee, Ted has been an active leader in the movement to expand opportunities for persons with disabilities. As well as a leading healthcare regulatory attorney, he is the chair of the board of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). He also advises employers on best practices and compliance with the Americans with Disability Act, as well as lectures worldwide on healthcare policy and disability law.
Ted is also involved with The Disability Equality Index, America's leading corporate benchmark tool for disability equality inclusion.
Fiona and Ted discuss why disability inclusion in the workplace is an 'S' issue for investors, and why they should look at diversity from a strategic perspective.
Want to join the PRI webinar on disability inclusion on 19 February? More information here: http://bit.ly/36DE8Sf
Interested in the resources discussed in this episode?
Disability Equality Index: http://bit.ly/36BT4jR
Joint investor statement: http://bit.ly/2QDxFkP
Accenture, 'Getting to equal': https://accntu.re/2QUY3Fy
At PRI in Person, the PRI’s Elena Espinoza spoke with John Howchin, Secretary-General, Council of Ethics of the Swedish National Pension Funds, and Jaime Gornsztejn, Director, Hermes EOS, about tailings in the mining sector.
We sat down with them following a breakout session with Amanda Andrade, a survivor of the Brumadinho dam disaster in early 2019. We discussed what the opportunities are for investor action. How can investors effectively carry out engagements with mining companies? What are the new investor expectations on mining companies? And what will be the consequences for companies who don’t comply with these expectations?
Georgie Erangey, an independent business and human rights consultant joins the PRI's Naheeda Chowdhury to explore the challenges and opportunities presented by section 54 of the UK Modern Slavery Act and how this ground-breaking disclosure clause will impact organisations beyond their first year statement. Together, they discuss the role that investors can play in tackling the issue of modern slavery.
Måns Carlsson- Sweeny (Ausbil Investment Management) joins the PRI's Bettina Reinboth to explore how investors can engage with apparel companies to encourage better labour practices in the apparel industry. They discuss PRI’s recent investor briefing on the topic, including various red flags that investors should look out for which may indicate negative human rights practices in investee apparel companies and recommendations for effective investor-company engagement.
Charlie Bradshaw (Matrix APA) joins the PRI's Felicitas Weber to discuss how to address poor labour conditions in global supply chains, looking at the supplier perspective. The PRI are also re-launching their collaborative engagement on labour practices in agricultural supply chains, with an investor expectations statement open for all signatories to sign.