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26 October 2011

The Institute for Legal Reform: The Chamber’s Corporate Conduit [USA]

Author: US Chamber Watch

Recently, the ILR has lobbied on a litany of controversial issues, from pushing Congress to make it easier for corporations to bribe foreign officials by gutting the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, to slowing the implementation of the Dodd-Frank...

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26 October 2011

Why Chinese Mineral Buyers are Eyeing Congo

Author: Mary Kay Magistad, World [USA]

…[The US] Dodd-Frank Act requires that US electronics companies not use conflict minerals from Africa. That’s led US and European buyers to pull back, until a system is in place to certify minerals conflict free...Jason Luneno Maene...a civil society...

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16 October 2011

SEC wrestling with "conflict minerals" disclosure [USA]

Author: Sarah N. Lynch, Reuters

Securities regulators are struggling to craft a rule that sheds light on companies that use certain African "conflict minerals" but avoids a compliance nightmare that hurts manufacturers. The Securities and Exchange Commission is six months behind...

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27 September 2011

Calpers and Calstrs launch diversity drive [USA]

Author: Dan McCrum, Financial Times

Calpers and Calstrs, the two largest public sector pension funds in the US, are seeking candidates for America’s boardrooms to improve the diversity and quality of corporate directors. The two pension plans have funded the creation of an electronic...

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21 September 2011

Slavery Becomes a Personal Question Online

Author: Andrew Martin, New York Times

Do you know how many slaves work on your behalf? While many people may assume the answer to that provocative and unsettling question is zero, the creators of a new Web site want to demonstrate how forced labor, especially overseas, is tantamount to...

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30 August 2011

Recent ruling provides roadmap for potential Dodd-Frank challenges

Author: Womble Carlyle

Last month’s ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (the “Court”) in the closely watched case of Business Roundtable v. SEC not only overturned the landmark Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) shareholder...

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18 July 2011

The Global Lawyer: Corporate Alien Tort Rouses from Its Deathbed

Author: Michael D. Goldhaber, Am Law Daily [USA]

…[US Court of Appeals judges] Richard Posner…and…Judith Rogers…[have] lined up behind corporate liability for human rights violations under the U.S. Alien Tort Statute…[which] was snuffed out in the Second Circuit in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum...

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29 November 2010

US investors target Accenture, IBM, Pepsi and Pfizer over politics of US Chamber of Commerce

Author: Responsible Investor

A group of US investors has filed shareholder resolutions at four major corporate members of the US Chamber of Commerce: Accenture, IBM, Pepsi and Pfizer, challenging their boards to review their policies and oversight of political expenditures...

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1 October 2010

Lobbying: Political spending does not always match CSR values

Author: Sarah Murray, Financial Times

In January this year, a US Supreme Court ruling removed limits on corporate spending in political campaigns...[which] revived questions about how companies claiming to espouse principles of corporate responsibility should behave when it comes to their...

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8 September 2010

US laws comply with global fundamental labour rights

Author: Ronnie L. Goldberg, US Council for International Business; Randel K. Johnson, US Chamber of Commerce, in Financial Times

The Human Rights Watch report referenced in your September 2 article “Groups attacked on US labour practice” reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of international labour standards and US labour law. In the first instance, European Union labour...

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