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10 December 2013

Where Is Business and Human Rights in Germany?

Author: Joanne Bauer, Columbia Univ.

[T]here is a...pervasive belief in Germany that its social market values...exempt Germany from acceding to the emerging rules on business and human rights. In their minds, Germany is already doing what’s required...[T]he German government remained...

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9 December 2013

Best Places to Work 2014 [USA]

Author: Human Rights Campaign

This year, an historic 304 major businesses…scored 100 percent on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index and the coveted distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” These companies adopted a full framework of LGBT inclusion in the workplace,...

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28 November 2013

How about a SLAPP for your trouble?

Author: Sudeep Chakravarti, Livemint.com (India)

Strategic lawsuits against public participation, or SLAPP, is one of several retaliatory mechanisms increasingly used against defenders of human rights…The Resource Centre discusses these and other matters and provides a global situation report in its...

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25 November 2013

[PDF] Corporate Legal Accountability Annual Briefing

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

The goal of the Annual Briefing is to help a wide audience understand what has been happening in different parts of the world. First, it examines global trends in corporate legal accountability such as barriers to accessing judicial remedies;...

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5 July 2013

Case profile: Shell/BASF lawsuit (re Brazil)

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre case profile for lawsuit against Shell Brazil and BASF over allegations that workers employed at and living near pesticide plant suffered cancers and other severe health problems as a result of land and...

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8 June 2013

[PDF] Corporate Legal Accountability Quarterly Bulletin – Issue 9, June 2013

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Welcome to the 9th issue of the Corporate Legal Accountability Quarterly Bulletin. To assist all those following corporate legal accountability issues, we send this bulletin to highlight key developments, new cases profiled on our site, updates to...

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3 May 2013

China and Human Rights

Author: Mark Nordstrom, Senior Labor & Employment Counsel, General Electric

Recent GBI gatherings have taken place in Brazil, Egypt, Kenya and, most recently, China. [As] GBI leadership...[planned] its meeting in Beijing...there was substantial concern about discussing human rights with Chinese businesses and civil society...

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18 March 2013

UNCTAD hosts first Global Corporate Social Responsibility Retreat [Switzerland]

Author: UN Conference on Trade and Development

UNCTAD hosted its first Global CSR Retreat…bringing together 27 corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals from 18 countries for a…peer-to-peer learning event. Participants shared best practices on sustainable business with their peers from...

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12 March 2013

Shell, BASF agree to pay-out over Brazil chemical contamination

Author: Peter Murphy, Reuters

Oil producer Shell and German chemical company BASF agreed on Monday to pay compensation that could reach 620 million reais ($316 million) to workers exposed over three decades to toxic chemicals at a Brazil plant, prosecutors said…The companies have...

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19 February 2013

Shell, BASF Offer Brazilian Workers Millions in Class Action Settlement

Author: Associated Press

Shell Brasil SA and BASF SA have offered more than $20 million to settle a class action lawsuit with former workers allegedly contaminated at a pesticide plant in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil's top labor court said Friday. The court said on its...

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