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22 September 2013

A human rights based approach to business?

Author: Thomas Alberts, Jetzreit (UK)

[T]he diversity agenda is a little bit further down the road than the emerging human rights agenda is with respect to the business values case and organisational culture change. Workplace diversity good practice offers some useful pointers on...

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11 September 2013

Organisers of world's largest arms fair in London accused of failing to stop promotion of equipment 'used in torture' (UK)

Author: Cahal Milmo, Independent (UK)

The organisers of one of the world’s largest arms fairs in London were...accused of failing to crack down on the sale of equipment that could could be used in torture after two exhibitors were found to be illegally marketing shackles and electric stun...

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Company response
9 September 2013

Company Response from BAE Systems

Author: BAE Systems (UK)

Our position on Bahrain and the Commons Inquiry... Bahrain: We are aware that Bahrain has expressed an interest in Typhoon but that these discussions are at a very early stage. As appropriate, BAE Systems supports the UK Government in these...

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9 August 2013

Britain to sell Typhoon jets to Bahrain, despite human rights record

Author: Ben Farmer, The Telegraph (UK)

The proposed deal with the Gulf monarchy rocked by protests in 2011 is thought to be worth more than £1 billion and is part of a concerted effort by Gulf countries to strengthen military ties with Britain... Bahrain’s government faced condemnation and...

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15 July 2013

How the NSA scandal hurts the economy [USA]

Author: Arvind Ganesan, director of business and human rights at Human Rights Watch, on Global Public Square blog, CNN.com

The National Security Agency surveillance scandal has been devastating to the U.S. government’s credibility...[on] Internet freedom. But the impact on U.S. technology companies and a fragile American economy may be even greater. Every new revelation...

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1 June 2013

[PDF] A History of Neglect. UK Export Finance and Human rights

Author: Amnesty International UK

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited UK Export Finance (UKEF) to respond. UKEF's response is provided below] [The] eagerness [of UKEF] to help secure new overseas contracts for British companies often comes at the expense of human...

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1 June 2013

[PDF] Calling for Corporate Accountability: A Guide to the 2011 OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Author: OECD Watch

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Glencore, POSCO, Shell, Statkraft and Ratiopharm to respond to certain allegations in the guide. Responses provided.] The guide is intended to help you understand how the dispute resolution mechanism...

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30 April 2013

[PDF] Private military & security companies & their impacts on human rights - Bulletin Issue 4

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Welcome to our fourth PMSC Bulletin. To assist those interested in private military & security companies (PMSCs) and their impacts on human rights, we publish this bulletin semi-annually to highlight key developments reported by NGOs, governments,...

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12 March 2013

In trying times, defense companies turn to women [USA]

Author: Marjorie Censer & Jim Tankersley, Washington Post

At a time of national debate about women’s struggle to land top corporate jobs, an unlikely industry is leading the change in the executive suite: defense contractors, where three of the biggest firms are now led by women. General Dynamics, BAE Systems...

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5 March 2013

The Privatization of War: Mercenaries, Private Military and Security Companies (PMSC)

Author: Jose Luis Gomez del Prado, for Global Research

The new security industry of private companies moves large quantities of weapons and military equipment. It provides services for military operations recruiting former militaries as civilians to carry out passive or defensive security. However, these...

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