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15 October 2018

Major news organisations and business leaders withdraw from Saudi investment conference over missing journalist

On October 2, 2018, prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Khashoggi, a once royal advisor turned critic, was murdered by Saudi agents in the consultate. Khashoggi's case prompted a...

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Company non-response
17 September 2018

BlackRock did not respond

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the company to respond to the allegations in the report. It did not send a response.

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17 September 2018

Philippines: Report alleges 'opaque investments' in coal projects that are causing environmental & social harms; some investors respond

The report, "Broken Promises: The World Bank, International Investors and the Fight for Climate Justice in the Philippines," raises serious allegations concerning various companies' support of coal power plan projects in the Philippines through 'opaqu...

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Article
31 July 2018

Peru: Indigenous groups allege lack of consultation in GeoPark’s oil concession overlapping their lands; with company comments

Author: Amazon Watch

“Indigenous Federation to GeoPark: Peru Project a Big Risk” July 26, 2018...

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Company response
10 July 2018

BlackRock response

Author: BlackRock

Virtually all of these shares are held in index funds. Index providers determine which companies to include in the indices they create. As a fiduciary, BlackRock then offers clients funds, like ETFs, that are designed to track the investment results of...

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Article
10 July 2018

Commentary: Social investing is on the rise, yet measuring impact often fails to incl. human rights expertise

Author: David Kinley, Ethical Corporation

"‘Can booming social bond market really turn finance to the good side?’", 28 June 2018...

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Report
10 July 2018

Immigration detention: An American business

Author: Corrections Accountability Project

On April 6, 2018, the administration announced a "zero tolerance" immigration policy that requires every undocumented adult immigrant and asylum seeker in the U.S. to be criminally prosecuted under federal law... The "zero tolerance" immigration policy...

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26 June 2018

USA: Govt. contractors accused of profiting from separation & detention of migrant & asylum seeking families

In May 2018, the Trump administration announced that it would increase prosecutions of migrants and asylum seekers crossing the US-Mexico border and implemented a “zero tolerance” policy intended to deter new migrants with the threat of jail sentences...

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21 May 2018

Campaigners welcome Blackrock’s divestment from Nevsun following campaign over alleged use of forced labour in Eritrea; Nevsun denies use of forced labour

Freedom United and Eritrea Focus have launched a campaign to urge Nevsun's biggest shareholders to divest from the company due to alleged use of forced labour in its Eritrean mines. BlackRock Fund Managers have divested from Nevsun while M & G...

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Article
25 April 2018

Global finance sector needs to start acknowledging its human rights responsibilities, argues professor

Author: David Kinley on openDemocracy

"Finance struggles to find a social conscience", 15 April 2018...

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