Corporate Controversies that Defined 2021

A Norm Based View on the Myanmar Military Coup and Forced Labour in Xinjiang

The 2021 news cycle focused on social issues when it came to corporate failures to manage Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) risks. Join ISS ESG’s Norm Based Research team to explore two key controversies that shaped ESG investment conversations including the February 2021 military coup in Myanmar and the forced labour of ethnic minorities in China.

Marie-Anaïs Meudic-Role, Associate, Norm Based Research at ISS ESG and a human rights specialist with a focus on human rights due diligence, will present her research on companies with commercial ties to the Myanmar military (Tatmadaw). These companies continue to face increased scrutiny from NGOs and media following the February 2021 coup, due to allegations that they financially enable human rights abuses conducted by the Tatmadaw through these business relationships.

Clare Bartram, ESG Specialist, Modern Slavery at ISS ESG, will present her work on forced labour risks in the supply chains of global brands in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China. Reports of ethnic minorities subject to human rights breaches through state-sponsored labour programs has led to increased investor pressure on companies to adequately disclose and address the labour rights shortcomings in their supply chains.

Kate Lawrence, Associate, Norm Based Research at ISS ESG and a human rights specialist with a focus on Australian indigenous rights, moderated the session.

SPEAKERS:

  • Marie-Anaïs Meudic-Role, Associate, Norm Based Research @ISS ESG
  • Clare Bartram, ESG Specialist, Modern Slavery @ISS ESG

MODERATOR:

Kate Lawrence, Associate, Norm Based Research @ISS ESG

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February 24, 2021

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