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简体中文: 中资企业在海外投资

Welcome to our information platform on the social and environmental impacts of Chinese companies operating overseas.  It aims to: raise awareness of existing guidelines; increase transparency; and strengthen accountability.  It is within the broader context of our work encouraing companies headquartered in all regions to respect human rights.  More about the platform.

 

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Company response
5 September 2007

Response by BUCC International Wood Industrial: Allegations of safety & labour abuses at wood processing factory co-owned by BUCC.

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Article
2 September 2007

Chinese Mark on Africa Means Commerce

Author: Heidi Vogt, Associated Press

China likes to portray its involvement in Africa as strictly business - no one tells anyone else how to behave, and everyone makes money. But that policy...has raised questions about whether China will in fact hamper the progress of human rights in...

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Company response
28 August 2007

Baishanlin Intl. Forest Development response regarding labour rights abuses at Coomacka timber works, Guyana

Author: Baishanlin Intl. Forest Development

As a foreign investor in Guyana, we are fully committed to operating based on the applicable international law and policy requirements in Guyana...we have investigated the management flaws in our factory, such as the provision of gloves, working masks...

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Article
16 August 2007

Warren Buffett's China Divestment: Greed Or Good?

Author: David Weidner, CNN

Which Warren Buffett sold shares in PetroChina Co. Ltd., the philanthropist or the capitalist?...Shortly before the Chinese about-face [on sending UN peacekeeping forces to Darfur], Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway divested a small portion of PetroChina...

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Article
15 August 2007

Safety violations seen at Coomacka timber works [Guyana]

Author: Johann Earle, Stabroek News [Guyana]

Poor working conditions and breaches of safety and health regulations were complained about yesterday at Bai Shan Lin's wood processing operations at Coomacka in Region Ten...During a visit by the media, workers bitterly complained of harsh treatment...

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Article
13 August 2007

China, Filling a Void, Drills for Riches in Chad

Author: Howard French & Lydia Polgren with Fan Wenxin, New York Times

To help [develop Chad's export sector], China plans to build the country’s first oil refinery, lay new roads, provide irrigation and erect a mobile telephone network... To achieve...growth [in its investments in Africa, China] has bypassed...

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Article
1 August 2007

[PDF] full report: "World Investment Report - Transnational Corporations, Extractive Industries and Development"

Author: UN Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD)

The World Investment Report 2007 focuses on the role of transnational corporations in extractive industries... Transnational corporations can bring in the finance and management skills [poor] economies need... But as we know, the extraction of natural...

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Article
28 July 2007

The Quest for Oil - China invests while Sudan wars in Darfur

Author: Dan Morrison, US News & World Report

China has invested an estimated $6 billion plus in Sudan's oil infrastructure... Africa's biggest ongoing dam project, the Merowe Dam, will soon provide 1,250 megawatts to [Sudan], courtesy of the Chinese International Water & Electric Corp....

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Article
5 July 2007
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Author: BBC Afrique

...Aujourd'hui...[NFC Africa Mining] emploie 2000 salariés...Mais...certains mineurs ne touchent que cent dollars par mois...se plaignent de leurs conditions de travail, l'un d'eux parle même d'"esclavage". Xu Ruiyong, directeur adjoint de la mine,...

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5 July 2007
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