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13 March 2007

Globalization and Child Labor: The Cause Can Also be a Cure

Author: Susan Ariel Aaronson, professor at George Washington Univ. School of Business, in YaleGlobal [USA]

In 2001, [cocoa producers, traders, suppliers, governments, unions & civil society groups] created a multi-sectoral partnership, the Cocoa Protocol, to address the conditions that perpetuate forced child labor on these cacao plantations... [US...

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8 March 2007

Hershey commits to new supplier code of conduct in response to shareholder proposal

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1 March 2007

[PDF] Bio-energy: Sector Overview

Author: Tim Steinweg and Sanne van der Wal, SOMO

This research…makes an inventory of the knowledge-gaps in the the bio-energy sector and…provides…an outline of the sector. An important focus…is on potential critical issues with regards to the sector’s environmental, ecological and social-economical...

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8 January 2007

Gates Foundation invests in firms accused of abuses

Author: Charles Piller, Los Angeles Times

The conflict is one of many that a Los Angeles Times investigation has found between the Gates Foundation's investments and its good works. The foundation reaps vast profits every year from companies whose actions contradict its mission of improving...

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25 July 2006

McVictory: Victory as Fast Food Giant Pledges to Help Protect the Amazon

Author: Greenpeace

In an historic deal that has impacts far beyond the golden arches and into the global agricultural market, McDonald's is now the leading company in the campaign for a moratorium on the expansion of soya farming in the Amazon...Joining McDonald's are...

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24 July 2006

Brazil Soy Industry Boycotts Beans From the Amazon

Author: Reuters

Brazilian soy crushers and exporters will stop buying soybeans grown in the Amazon...for the time being, industry groups said...bowing to pressure from activist groups...The moratorium, which will last for two years, will apply to soybeans planted as...

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18 July 2006

Amazon Port Pits Farmers Vs. Rainforest [Brazil]

Author: Michael Astor, AP

When U.S. grain giant Cargill opened a $20 million port in...[Santarem]...it expected to cash in on the rising global demand for soybeans...Instead, the...company today is under fire from residents, environmentalists and federal prosecutors, who say...

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1 July 2006

Suffering in the Congo: Behind the numbers

Author: Keith Harmon & David Barouski, Z Magazine

War in the Congo is driven by the desire to extract raw materials...Therefore, any analysis of the geopolitics in the Congo requires an understanding of the organized crime perpetrated through multinational businesses...Human Rights Watch...2005...

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13 June 2006
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Author: Stephen Leahy, Tierramérica

...el cultivo de soja es uno de los principales causantes de la deforestación en la Amazonia brasileña, denuncia...Greenpeace...organizaciones ecologistas rechazan la construcción de carreteras, vías férreas y canales para transportar la soja a puertos...

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1 June 2006

USA: 2005-6 "State of the Workplace for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Americans" - 86% of Fortune 500 companies now prohibit sexual orientation discrimination

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