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Bangladesh: Unsafe work conditions and child labour reported in tanneries supplying leather to western brands, companies respond
A report by Transparentem, a nonprofit group that investigates supply chains, allege that hazardous, heavily polluting tanneries employing child labour supplied leather to companies that make shoes and handbags for a host of Western brands. The report...
Australia: Coal workers raise concerns about lack of planning by govts. & companies to protect their livelihoods in transition away from coal
Author: Gay Alcorn, Guardian (UK)
[T]he Hazelwood power station will close after 52 years...Most of the workforce will be gone too. Whatever the international urgency of climate change and the imperative to move away from burning coal, and whatever the confusion around energy policy...
- Related companies: Engie (formerly GDF Suez)
Author: Sen David and Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon, Phonm Penh Post (Cambodia)
"Blast at Levi's supplier kills one, injures seven", 28 Mar 2017...
- Related companies: Levi Strauss
Author: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
"Responsible Business Conduct for Institutional Investors: Key Considerations for Due Diligence under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises", 28 March 2017...
UK: Deliveroo delivery couriers to challenge status as self-employed contractors to obtain better employment rights
Author: Sarah Butler, Guardian (UK)
"Deliveroo riders plan legal action over employment rights", 27 Mar 2017...
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Author: Larry Neumeister, AP (USA)
"Court reinstates gender discrimination lawsuit in NY", 27 Mar 2017...
Author: Peter Waldman, BloombergBusinessweek (USA)
[Article originally published 23 March 2017, with 13-minute audio report (scroll down to end of full article).]...
Author: Alessandria Schumacher, Middlebury Campus (USA)
"I.C.E. Agents Arrest and Detain Three Migrant Justice Organizers in Burlington", 22 March 2017...
- Related in-depth areas: USA: Trump administration actions on business & human rights
Author: John Fallon, CEO of Pearson, in Fortune (USA)
...While government leaders work towards a political solution, business leaders have a valuable role to play not only through charitable activities, but through real investments. Last September, I visited the Za’atari refugee camp in the north of...
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UK: Zero hour contracts & gig economy drive rise in bullying as workers lack basic rights protection
Author: Martin Williams, Guardian (UK)
"The bullying and fear at the heart of zero-hour contracts"...