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27 June 2014

Modern slavery will continue if corporations keep passing the buck

Author: [comment] Mark Lagon, former US anti-human-trafficking ambassador, in Guardian (UK)

It makes good business sense for companies to actively pursue an ethical supply chain. Philanthropy...is not enough...[Many] executives assume that tracing labour conditions in their supply chains is futile and prohibitively costly. Yet if the...

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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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23 April 2014

Federal Appeals Court Rules For EEOC In Its Disability Discrimination Case Against Ford Motor [USA]

Author: Annie Waldman, Job Mouse (USA)

[T]he U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decided…the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) had created issues sufficient for trial in its disability discrimination lawsuit against the Ford Motor Company…The EEOC sued Ford...

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19 April 2014

Kiobel Anniversary Surprise: Judge Scheindlin Rules Corporations May Be Held Liable Under ATS, Despite Second Circuit Precedents [USA]

Author: John Bellinger, Lawfare (USA)

…Judge Scheindlin held, in the long-running Apartheid litigation, that corporations may be sued under the Alien Tort Statute. Her decision directly conflicts…with the Second Circuit’s…decision in Kiobel (holding that corporations are not subject to...

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17 April 2014

Ford, IBM to face renewed U.S. lawsuit over apartheid-era abuses

Author: Jonathan Stempel, Reuters

Ford Motor Co and IBM Corp will again have to face a U.S. lawsuit claiming they encouraged race-based human rights abuses in apartheid-era South Africa, despite...recent court decisions limiting...such cases... U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in...

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5 April 2014

Ford workers suing motor giant for millions over job loss 'ageism' [UK]

Author: Paul Cahalan, Daily Mail (UK)

Motor giant Ford is being sued by former staff in a multi-million pound age discrimination case believed to be one of the biggest private sector claims in British legal history. Lawyers acting for the workers claim older employees were pushed to take...

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25 March 2014

Workers at Ford India's Chennai plant protest cut in incentives

Author: T E Narasimhan & Gireesh Babu, Business Standard

Employees at Ford India's factory in Maraimalai Nagar near here are agitating against the management's decision to cut employee incentives from 26 per cent to 15 per cent. They said they would decide their next course of action after discussions with...

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18 February 2014

Apartheid reparations lawsuits (re So. Africa)

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

In 2002 a group of South Africans, represented by the Khulumani Support Group, sued 20 banks and corporations in US federal court that did business in South Africa during apartheid.  The plaintiffs allege that the participation of the defendant...

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Lawsuit
18 February 2014

Ford lawsuit (re Argentina)

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

In October 2002, a federal prosecutor in Argentina filed a criminal complaint against the executives of Ford Motor Argentina, alleging that the company collaborated with the 1976-83 military dictatorship.  The complaint accused Ford of helping the...

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27 December 2013

U.S. judge dismisses apartheid claims against 2 German companies

Author: Nate Raymond, Reuters

A U.S. judge on Thursday said Daimler AG and Rheinmetall AG cannot be held liable for allegedly aiding and abetting South Africa's former apartheid government in race-based attacks and injustices. The plaintiffs in the case accused the two German...

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