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1 May 2014

[PDF] Evidence of Corporate Disclosure relevant to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Author: Shift

This research was conducted to inform understanding of how companies currently report on their human rights performance, and how this maps against the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights. The research reviewed corporate disclosure of...

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29 March 2014

Holding back half the nation [Japan]

Author: Economist

Japan educates its women to a higher level than nearly anywhere else in the world: its girls come near the top in education league-tables compiled by the OECD. But when they leave university their potential is often squandered, as far as the economy...

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27 December 2013

Colombia Plans Raid to Seize FARC Rebels’ Tungsten Mine

Author: Michael Smith & Andrew Willi, Bloomberg

The Colombian government says it will seize and close a mine run by FARC guerrillas that has supplied tungsten to some of world’s leading multinational companies. Colombian security forces are...preparing an assault on Tiger Hill, the mine in a remote...

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20 December 2013

Study: 51 of 100 Top Companies Emitting Unsustainable Levels of CO2

Author: Mary Mazzoni, TriplePundit

Climate Counts and the Center for Sustainable Organizations just released what they call the “world’s first” science-based company rankings,...[assessing] the emissions performance of 100 companies from 2005 to 2012 within the context of climate...

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16 December 2013

Only legislation will stop minerals being traded at the expense of human rights - Conflict minerals found in cars, electronics and other products will only be eradicated with new laws and business buy-in

Author: Zobel Behalal, peace and conflict advocacy officer at CCFD-Terre Solidaire, in Guardian (UK)

One of the key drivers underpinning some of the world's worst ongoing violent conflicts over the past few years is the extraction and trade of natural resources...The trade of natural resources continues at the expense of violence and human rights...

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1 November 2013

[PDF] Global Framework Agreements in a Union-Hostile Environment: The Case of the USA

Author: Michael Fichter (Global Labour University of Germany) & Dimitris Stevis (Colorado State University), Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Global Union Federations have made significant progress in advancing Global Framework Agreements that create arenas for labor relations based on the Core Labor Standards of the...ILO. These Agreements...are a means of setting minimum standards and...

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12 September 2013

BMW recognised as climate change champion

Author: Financial Times

BMW and four other large auto companies have been named climate change champions in one of the most closely watched rankings of how businesses are tackling their greenhouse gas emissions...[E]ven though more large businesses are disclosing their...

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31 July 2013

BMW’s China joint venture hits speed bump

Author: Tom Mitchell & Henry Foy, Financial Times

China’s environment ministry has criticised an application by BMW to double capacity at a joint venture factory in the country, citing insufficient investment in environmental protection measures at the facility...“Drinking polluted water while...

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11 June 2013

Gov’t sues BMW plant, Dollar General stores over criminal background checks [USA]

Author: Associated Press

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission [EEOC] filed lawsuits Tuesday against discount retailer Dollar General Corp. and a BMW manufacturing plant in South Carolina over their use of criminal background checks to screen out job applicants or fire...

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13 May 2013

Firms Brace for New European Data Privacy Law

Author: Kevin J. O'Brien, New York Times

The effort in Europe to adopt the world’s strongest data protection law has drawn the attention of dozens of lobbyists from U.S. technology and advertising companies...Facebook, Apple, Google, Amazon and I.B.M., individually and through industry...

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