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4 December 2013

Siemens CEO says gender quotas may be necessary after engineering firm fails to retain women in leadership roles [Germany]

Author: Alex Webb, Bloomberg News

Five years after pledging to promote more women to leadership roles without using legal quotas, Siemens AG is fighting a losing battle. The only two female management board members at Germany’s largest engineering company have departed after an...

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Company response
12 June 2013

Response by Lufthansa: Petition urges Lufthansa to change dangerous goods policy after tear gas carried by airline is allegedly used in repressing protests in Turkey.

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6 June 2013

Lufthansa rejects tear gas call [Turkey]

Author: Michael Daventry, Londra Gazete

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Lufthansa to respond. Response provided]. Lufthansa has rejected demands to ban tear gas from its cargo services after it emerged a consignment used by police on the streets of Istanbul was carried...

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6 June 2013

Lufthansa! Declare you will cease all shipments of crowd control chemicals to Turkey at once!

Author: Isik Oguzertem, on iPetitions

We call on Lufthansa to issue a statement explicitly stating they will not transfer tear gas or other crowd control chemicals to Turkey...Have the senior management of Lufthansa ever felt the effects of tear gas? Have they ever been shot by a canister...

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14 May 2012

Airlines cancel Israel flights for over 60 percent of pro-Palestinian fly-in protesters

Author: Zohar Blumenkrantz, Yaniv Kubovich, Jack Khoury, Haaretz.com

More than 60 percent of the 1,500 pro-Palestinian activists due to arrive in Israel...to take part in a fly-in protest have received notifications from airlines that their flights were canceled...The activists were planning to arrive in Israel to...

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Company response
30 April 2012

Lufthansa response to article alleging it cancelled certain flights and prevented pro-Palestinian activists from boarding Israel-bound plains

Author: Lufthansa

Several airlines received information by Israeli authorities on specific passengers who were barred from entry into the country and therefore could not board a flight to Israel. Airlines must comply with the immigration laws and administrative decrees...

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13 September 2011

Lufthansa Can’t Push Pilots to Retire at Age 60, EU Court Says

Author: Stephanie Bodoni, Bloomberg

...Lufthansa['s] rules that set the retirement age for pilots at 60 are unlawful, the European Union’s highest court said. “Prohibiting airline pilots from working after the age of 60 constitutes discrimination on grounds of age,” the EU Court of...

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12 August 2011

Famine in the Horn of Africa - private sector response (2011)

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

These are examples of significant company contributions, not a comprehensive list...Donations...Other initiatives

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2 August 2011

UN calls on airlines to help fly food to Africa's Horn

Author: AFP

The United Nations appealed Tuesday to the air transport industry to help fly food in urgently to the Horn of Africa, where millions of people are starving due to a severe drought. "We're making an appeal to the air transport industry for free and...

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24 June 2011

European airlines to start controversial biofuel-powered flights

Author: William McLennan, The Ecologist

Europe’s biggest airlines, including British Airways, Lufthansa and KLM [part of Air France KLM] have announced a major biofuels drive despite UN calls to limit biofuel growth...The EU has set targets for 10 per cent of transport fuels to come from...

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