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Big business becomes Mrs Robinson's affair

Author: Terry Slavin, Observer [UK], Published on: 12 December 2004

But the meetings she [Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights] has now tend increasingly to be with companies, not heads of state. Her stock answer, when asked what is the worst human rights problem in the world, is 'extreme poverty' that denies people basic rights to health, housing and education. At a time when power is shifting from governments to multinational corporations, they must shoulder some of the responsibility, she argues. [refers to ABB, Barclays, Body Shop, Gap, Hewlett-Packard, MTV, National Grid Transco, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Statoil]

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Related companies: ABB Barclays Body Shop (part of Natura) Equinor (formerly Statoil) Gap HP (Hewlett-Packard) MTV (part of Viacom) MTV Networks Europe (part of Viacom) National Grid Novartis Novo Group Novo Nordisk (part of Novo Group)