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30 June 2004

[PDF] full report: "In Our Court: ATCA, Sosa and the Triumph of Human Rights"

Author: EarthRights International

This report seeks to summarize the history, jurisprudence and politics of ATCA in order to explain how this relatively obscure law became a lightning rod in the world of business and human rights...[refers to Unocal, Chevron (part of ChevronTexaco),...

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21 July 2004

Banks and NGOs discuss implementation of Equator Principles

Author: Alex Blyth, Ethical Corporation

Sixteen financial institutions, all of which have adopted the bank-led Equator Principles, have met representatives of 13 non-governmental organisations to review progress on the implementation of the principles and discuss other concerns.....

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27 July 2004

Barclays Capital and Shell Trading complete their first C02 emissions trade and lead the way to market standardisation

Author: Barclays Capital

Barclays Capital, the investment banking division of Barclays Bank PLC, and Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited have completed the first brokered CO2 emissions trade based on the official published version of the International...

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1 August 2004

[PDF] Disclosure of Ethical Considerations in Investment Product Disclosure Statements - A review of current practice in Australia

Author: Charles Berger, Australian Conservation Foundation

[M]any mainstream investment managers still do not appreciate the relationship between ethical corporate behaviour and long-term financial performance...Australia’s investment community is still not doing enough to look out for the long-term interests...

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18 August 2004

World Bank's Private Arm Pledges to Listen

Author: Emad Mekay, Inter Press Service

The World Bank's private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), is opening its doors for talks on its rules and guidelines for lending...It is planning regional consultations in Buenos Aires this September, for Latin America and the...

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20 August 2004

Banks move to repair damaged reputation [Kenya]

Author: John Oyuke, East African Standard

According to an internal survey of bank contribution to Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) in Kenya, more banks than ever before are funding social development programmes. [refers to Barclays, NIC Bank, Stanbic Bank (part of Standard Bank),...

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31 August 2004

[PDF] Banking on human rights - confronting human rights in the financial sector

Author: F&C Asset Management, KPMG

This study is designed to highlight the ways in which the financial services sector is affected by, and manages, the challenges associated with human rights...Nine international institutions participated in the study: ABN Amro, Barclays, Credit Suisse...

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2 September 2004

Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes Add General Electric and Drop Electrolux

Author: Doug Wheat, SocialFunds.com

Yesterday, the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) announced the results of its once a year review of corporate sustainability best-practice. [Companies on DJSI World Index included: General Electric, Staples, 3M, adidas-Salomon, Barclays, Canon,...

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3 September 2004

World Bank 'weakening' social safeguards

Author: Andrew Balls, Financial Times

The World Bank's private sector lending arm has come under fire in an internal bank report which accuses it of attempting to dilute the environmental and social assessments attached to its lending...A change in IFC rules would also apply to the group...

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7 September 2004

Barclays urged to pull out of Thai-Malaysian gas project

Author: OneWorld UK

Environmental and human rights groups are urging Barclays Bank to withdraw from the controversial Thai-Malaysian Gas Pipeline (TMGP) Project...[also refers to Trans Thai-Malaysia Company (joint venture PTT & Petronas)]

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