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14 November 2011

From tragedy to travesty: Drugs tested on survivors of Bhopal [India]

Author: Nina Lakhani, Independent [UK]

Secret reports seen by The Independent reveal that drug trials funded by western pharmaceutical firms at the Indian hospital set up for survivors of the Bhopal disaster violated international ethical standards and could have put patients at risk......

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14 November 2011

India: Pharmaceutical firms allegedly violated intl. ethical standards when they funded clinical trials on survivors of Bhopal gas tragedy

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14 November 2011

Without consent: how drugs companies exploit Indian 'guinea pigs'

Author: Andrew Buncombe & Nina Lakhani, Independent [UK]

Western pharmaceutical companies have seized on India over the past five years as a testing ground for drugs – making the most of…loose regulations which help dramatically cut research costs…Between 2007 and 2010, at least 1,730 people died in India...

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7 June 2011

AstraZeneca to Pay $250,000 to Settle Sex Discrimination Lawsuit [USA]

Author: PharmPro [USA]

AstraZeneca will pay $250,000 to 124 women who were subjected to pay discrimination while working at the corporation's Philadelphia Business Center in Wayne, Pa. The action resolves a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor in May 2010 alleging...

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1 June 2011

[PDF] A guide for business: How to develop a human rights policy

Author: UN Global Compact & Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Why respect human rights?...Why develop a human rights policy?...Getting started - the process behind the policy...What are the key ingredients of a human rights policy?...Next steps - Path to implementation...[refers to BlackRock, AXA, Investment...

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6 May 2011

Special report: Big Pharma's global guinea pigs

Author: Ben Hirschler, Reuters

[T]he clinical trials business has gone global as drugmakers seek cheaper venues for studies…The increasing reliance on clinical trials in Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America raises serious questions…are ethical standards in testing new drugs...

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1 February 2011

[PDF] Putting Contract Research Organisations on the Radar: An exploratory study on the outsourcing of clinical trials by pharmaceutical companies to contract research organisations in non-traditional trial regions

Author: Mariëtte van Huijstee & Irene Schipper, SOMO, Salud y Fármacos, Centre for Studies in Ethics and Rights

The ultimate goal of this study is to persuade all the actors…to take responsibility to protect the human rights of clinical trial participants in non-traditional trial regions…[A]ccording to international regulations, pharmaceutical companies remain...

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31 August 2010

[PDF] Carbon Disclosure Project 2010 Global 500 Report

Author: PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Carbon Disclosure Project

In 2010, the CDP asked the world’s 500 largest public companies in the FTSE Global Equity Index Series...to demonstrate that they are taking action on climate change. This report, prepared by CDP’s global adviser, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC),...

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8 July 2010

Schumpeter: Mens sana in corporation sano

Author: Economist

Companies are now…starting to touch on a potentially troubling area: their employees’ mental health...These range from training managers to spot problems to rehabilitating those suffering breakdowns…The first worry is that promoting psychological...

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24 June 2010

Companies commit to human rights in increasing numbers

Author: Business and Human Rights Resource Centre & Realizing Rights

As representatives of over 1000 companies gather this week in New York at the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit, Realizing Rights and the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre have published a list of over 270 companies worldwide...

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