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26 February 2003

ExxonMobil Receives 23 Shareowner Resolutions on Issues Ranging from Climate Change to Corporate Governance

Author: William Baue, SocialFunds.com

The social resolutions filed with ExxonMobil ask the company to implement a sexual orientation nondiscrimination policy, review and implement human rights standards, affirm political nonpartisanship, and report on the impact of AIDS on operations.

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20 February 2003

Chinese Toy Manufacturer Labor Standards Found Lacking

Author: Paddy Manning, SocialFunds.com

New report highlights structural obstacles to toy manufacturer implementation of labor codes of conduct. Nongovernment organizations in Hong Kong released fresh research this week regarding labor issues in southern China's toy manufacturing industry....

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6 February 2003

The Guardian & The Observer "Business and Society: Corporate social responsibility - policy into practice" conference

Author: Guardian [UK] and Observer [UK], sponsored by National Grid Transco

London - 6 Feb. 2003 [includes sessions on human rights, environment, development, labour rights, codes of conduct, supply chain]

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31 January 2003

[PDF] Legal Issues in Corporate Citizenship

Author: Halina Ward, International Institute for Environment and Development

Mandatory legislation on various aspects of business transparency is emerging around the world. It can form part of company law, environmental regulation, or tailored legislation for institutional investors or on social and environmental reporting....

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28 January 2003

[PDF] An Appeal for Action: Increasing business involvement in the global fight against HIV/AIDS [see Appendix IV, pp. 30]

Author: Louise Fréchette, UN Deputy Secretary-General; Juan Somavia, Director-General of the ILO; Peter Piot, Executive Director of UNAIDS

The experiences of companies such as De Beers, Debswana [joint venture de Beers & govt. of Botswana], DaimlerChrysler, VW [Volkswagen], Anglo Gold and Heineken have proved efficient and effective, and can serve as inspiration for other companies.....

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1 January 2003

Deconstructing Engagement: Corporate Self-Regulation in Conflict Zones – Implications for Human Rights and Canadian Public Policy

Author: Georgette Gagnon, independent human rights consultant; Audrey Macklin, University of Toronto; Penelope Simons, University of Toronto

This paper examines the existing governance gap in the accountability of TNCs for violations of international human rights and humanitarian law associated with their extraterritorial operations. It assesses the adequacy of efforts at self-regulation...

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1 January 2003

Experience from Bangladesh with ethical trading initiatives - How have codes of conduct impacted the garment sector in Bangladesh?

Author: K.A.S. Murshid, Salma Chaudhuri Zohir, Anna Milford & Arne Wiig, Chr. Michelsen Institute

Codes of conduct are often imposed upon producers supplying Northern markets with the aim of improving working conditions in factories in the South. This study evaluates a) the process of codes implementation and b) the impact of these ethical trading...

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1 January 2003

Freeport McMoRan - 2002 Working Toward Sustainable Development Report: Human Rights

Author: Freeport-McMoRan

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27 October 2002

IOD gags Blairite think-tank report [UK]

Author: Oliver Morgan, Observer [UK]

A furious row has erupted between Britain's most influential think-tank and the Institute of Directors (IoD) over a report which questions the commitment of business to corporate social responsibility...Among the findings are: · Only four out of 10...

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17 July 2002

California Business Leaders Asked to Commit to Third-Party Assessments

Author: GreenBiz.com

The Future 500, a not-for-profit business alliance, has launched a drive to commit a majority of Fortune 500 companies to conduct independent measurement of their accountability based on leading indices that rank their standing on financial, quality,...

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