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10 December 2014

USA: New policy announcement by Volkswagen paves way for union representation at Tennessee plant

IndustriALL notes that "Volkswagen is setting an industry example in defying anti-union politicians and other pressure in the Southern United States to work with the UAW and respect international labour standards." 

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13 August 2014

Brazil: Govt. commission finds documents suggesting companies aided Brazil military regime; includes company statements

Author: Brian Winter, Reuters

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3 August 2014

China: Explosion at plant of Zhongrong Metal Production, subcontractor to international automotive brands’ wheel supplier, kills at least 68; Govt. orders safety checks

Author: James T. Areddy, Wall Street Journal (USA)

"Blast at China Car-Parts Supplier Kills at Least 68", 2 Aug 2014...

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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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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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3 November 2013
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Author: Nicolas Bérubé & Marc Thibodeau, La Presse (Canada)

Donner un concert ou un spectacle dans un pays peu respectueux des droits de l'homme est-il une façon de promouvoir l'art et la liberté…Des experts se prononcent sur un difficile dilemme qui rappelle celui rencontré par nombre d'entreprises dans leur...

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6 October 2013

At a Nissan Plant in Mississippi, a Battle to Shape the U.A.W.’s Future (USA)

Author: Steven Greenhouse, New York Times

United Automobile Workers...has never tried a unionization drive quite like the one at the Nissan plant...[A] delegation of U.A.W. leaders and supporters will travel to Tokyo, and to publicize a report by a Cornell University professor that...

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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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