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3 May 2013

[video] Petition urges Myer disability quotas [Australia]

Author: Brisbane Times

Myer's social media woes over NDIS [National Disability Insurance Scheme] comments appear set to continue as more than 20,000 people sign a petition calling for the department store chain to set disability hiring quotas. The online petition...calls...

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12 May 2014

Australian banks' investment in companies accused of land grab (Oxfam report, Apr 2014) - company responses

Author: Compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Bunge, Phnom Penh Sugar, Wilmar to respond - responses provided] In April 2014, Oxfam Australia released the report "Banking on Shaky Grounds - Australia's big four banks and land grabs". The report...

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1 April 2017

The Global Intiative for Economic, Social & Cultural Rights submits parallel report to the ESCR Committee for the periodic review of Australia

Author: The Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural rights

"Parallel Report submitted by the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR) to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights on the occasion of the consideration of the Fifth Periodic Report of Australia during the...

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28 April 2017

Big four banks distance themselves from Adani coalmine as Westpac rules out loan

Author: Joshua Robertson, The Guardian (UK)

Australia's big four banks have all ruled out funding or withdrawn from Adani's Queensland coal project, after...Westpac the country's second-largest bank, released a new climate policy on Friday, saying it would limit lending for new thermal coal...

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31 May 2017

Banks loan billions to oil firms allegedly exporting low-grade fuel high in pollutants, says briefing

A new BankTrack briefing raises questions about how banks are conducting human rights due diligence. In response to research by Swiss NGO Public Eye accusing Switzerland-based oil trading companies of selling blends of low-grade fuel high in...

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29 June 2017

Top global banks lend billions to extract fossil fuels

Author: Fiona Harvey, The Guardian (UK)

Some of the world's top banks are continuing to lend tens of billions for extracting the most carbon-intensive fossil fuels, according to a report of top lenders [by Rainforest Action Network, Banktrack, Sierra Club, Oilchange International.]...The...

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21 August 2017
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Author: Béatrice Héraud, Novethic (France) (copyright: www.novethic.fr)

« Reporting climat : une banque australienne poursuivie pour défaut d’information », 21 août 2017...

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25 August 2017

Australia: Shareholders sue Commonwealth Bank alleging non-disclosure of climate change risks; bank denies allegations

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11 September 2017

Australia: Commentary: Finance has potential to advance lives of individuals & communities; human rights need to be essential part

Author: David Kinley, ABC News

"How banks can win our trust back (and it's not through good deeds)", 24 August 2017...

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16 October 2017

Australia: Shareholder resolutions call for listed companies to act on social and environmental issues

Author: Ruth Williams, Sydney Morning Herald

"How the new generation of activists corners boards", 14 October 2017...

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