Colleen Theron, Ardea International
Ardea International is a niche sustainability, business and human rights consultancy with expertise in modern slavery. We use our legal expertise to help businesses become compliant in those areas and develop best practice procedures, driven by our intention of preserving the environment and fostering a just society.
How will an EU Conflict Minerals Regulation affect SMEs and larger companies?
A regulation on conflict minerals has been on the EU agenda for some time. In June 2013, a public consultation on a possible initiative on responsible sourcing of minerals originating from conflict-affected and high-risk areas came to a close.
What does 2015 hold for the responsible business agenda?
2014 is over, and it has been quite a year. We always ask ourselves what people mean when they say 'quite a year'. Is it a good or a bad thing? Perhaps it is a bit of both, perhaps one or the other, but one thing is for sure: 2014 was a year of change.
Procurement: a lever for sustainable development?
Procurement is playing an increasingly strategic role as a lever for sustainable development and social and environmental responsibility. Greater regulation on sustainable procurement in the public sector, including significant changes to the EU Directives in April 2014, are driving this change.
What business can learn from the BP Gulf of Mexico spill
The recent New Orleans court decision on whether BP was negligent for the Deepwater Horizon blowout that killed 11 workers and led to 4.2 millions of barrels of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico in September 2014 holds some interesting lessons for business...