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Corporate Vows Tested in the West Bank

Author: Ida Karlsson, IPS, Published on: 12 November 2008

A company that is a member of the U.N. Global Compact...has ties to production in an Israeli settlement [Barkan Industrial Zone] on the West Bank considered illegal by the [UN]. A spokeperson for...Vileda [part of Freudenberg Group], an international household products firm, said he was unaware of the contract with a manufacturer in the West Bank, Plasto Polish...[A] representative of Plasto confirmed...[to] IPS that the company was a subcontractor for Vileda...Merav Amir of the Coalition of Women for Peace...[said:] "In order to comply with international human rights law, companies should make sure that their businesses have nothing to do with the occupation."...According to the Global Compact, companies should "support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights."...Stausberg, the Global Compact spokesperson, told IPS that the initiative is not in a position to monitor the member companies. [refers also to Heineken, Assa Abloy]

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Related companies: Assa Abloy Freudenberg Heineken Vileda (part of Freudenberg Group)