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1 October 2014

Accounting firms call on Occupy Central not to protest in Hong Kong

Defending Hong Kong's Students, 29 Sep 2014...

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1 October 2014

Government repression of human rights activists: when should business speak out? From Hong Kong streets to the European Games in Azerbaijan

Author: Annabel Short, Program Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

...Clearly, companies need to manage their own human rights impacts – through their operations and their value chains.  And, when it comes to business’ influence over government, an important dimension is that of “corporate capture” (for example,...

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10 December 2013

Best Places to Work 2014 [USA]

Author: Human Rights Campaign

This year, an historic 304 major businesses…scored 100 percent on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index and the coveted distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” These companies adopted a full framework of LGBT inclusion in the workplace,...

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6 December 2013

The UN Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights: An Interview with Edwin Koster, Lead Trainer

Author: Social Accountability International

SAI Training Manager Stephanie Wilson and Training Assistant Emily Crain spoke with lead trainer Edwin Koster to discuss his perspective on the trainings and implementation of the UNGP in general...[At] seminars on the UNGP [stakeholders had a] number...

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1 August 2013

[PDF] ITU and Partners join forces to engage millions of young people for BYND 2015: Global Youth Summit [San Jose, Costa Rica, 9-11 Sep]

Author: ITU

The Summit in Costa Rica will bring young people from around the world together – both physically and virtually – to participate in a series of workshops, presentations and conversations on how technology can be leveraged for social good and,...

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30 April 2013

[PDF] Tax responsibility:an investor guide

Author: ActionAid

This guide is aimed at investors seeking to examine corporate tax policy and practices. Tax is increasingly under the spotlight, intensifying financial, regulatory and reputational risks in this area for companies. Where tax practices are aggressive,...

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26 April 2013

Accountancy firms 'use knowledge of Treasury to help rich avoid tax' – MPs [UK]

Author: Rajeev Syal, Simon Bowers & Patrick Wintour, Guardian [UK]

The so-called "big four" accountancy firms are using knowledge gained from staff seconded to the Treasury to help wealthy clients avoid paying UK taxes, a report by the influential Commons public accounts committee says. Deloitte, Ernst & Young,...

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1 March 2013

Unions target foreign businesses [China]

Author: Chen Xin, China Daily

China's top trade union organization will prioritize setting up unions in all overseas-funded businesses that have been operating in the country for more than five years, particularly the world's four-biggest audit firms…Of the roughly 200,000 foreign...

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15 February 2013

Big UK tax avoiders will easily get round new government policy

Author: Prem Sikka, Professor of Accounting at Univ. of Essex in Guardian [UK]

The key policy is that from April 2013, potential suppliers to central government for contracts of £2m or more will have to declare whether they indulged in tax avoidance…The policy is high on gimmicks and empty gestures, and short on substance. The...

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28 January 2013

Putting Credibility Into a Code of Conduct

Author: David Isenberg, Huffington Post

Academi is about to release a new Code of Conduct, which should go a long way towards assuring people that when it comes to responsible ethical behavior, Academi is putting serious internal oversight where its mouth is...Academi's new code...runs 33...

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