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7 December 2011

[video] Too young to work

Author: Al Jazeera

Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world. To support their families, millions of children are employed to work, many of them in hazardous conditions. Last year, the government came up with an ambitious plan to stop all children under 14...

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29 November 2011

[video] Appeals court hears argument by village seeking damages from U.S. industry for global warming

Author: Dermot Cole, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner [USA]

A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in San Francisco...in the case of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil. Kivalina filed suit against Exxon and 23 other oil companies, coal companies and power companies, alleging...

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23 November 2011

[video] Manifesto for the Corporate Idealist

Author: TEDxHunterCCS

[Transcript:]...Big business can be a force for good…The interests of business and the interests of society could be aligned, given the right leadership, staff and resources…Despite all those years of work, I haven’t managed to eliminate human rights...

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17 November 2011

[video] DR Congo threatened by vulture fund loop hole

Author: Greg Palast, BBC Newsnight

Previous Newsnight reports on vulture funds - which buy up debt cheaply and then sue developing countries for vast amounts - got the laws in the UK changed. As a result, the vultures now cannot use UK courts. But they have found a way around the ban...

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7 November 2011

[video] China firms to curb 'harmful internet data'

Author: Melissa Chan, Al Jazeera

The heads of China's largest internet companies have vowed to stop the spread of so-called harmful information. They made the promise after attending a three-day workshop organised by the government in Beijing. Nearly 40 companies - including e...

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1 November 2011

[video & article] Put an End to Blood Minerals [Dem. Rep. of Congo]

Author: Robin Wright, Time.com

Armed militias and the Congolese army are waging a war that spans more than a decade, fueled in large part by the trade in minerals that are used in cell phones, laptops and digital cameras...5.4 million people have died because of the conflict and...

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31 October 2011

[video] Mining watchdog agency called 'bogus PR job' [Canada]

Author: CBC News

A mining watchdog agency that was supposed to hold Canadian companies accountable for their actions overseas has done little to protect communities abroad, critics say. In October 2009, the federal government appointed a corporate social...

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20 October 2011

[video] Cross-Cutting Session 5 – UNEP Finance Initiative: 2011 Global Roundtable

Author: UNEP Finance Initiative

[Transcript] Mary Robinson: I am delighted that there is a Business & Human rights session during this UNEP Roundtable meeting...Taking human rights seriously is good for development...Current climate is undermining the chances of the poorest…The...

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19 October 2011

Video/Tintaya Dialogue - 'Putting Ourselves in Their Shoes':The Dialogue Table of Tintaya [Peru]

Author: BASESwiki

‘Putting Ourselves in Their Shoes’ tells of the rising resentments among community members to the operations of Tintaya mine [now owned by Xstrata]...and the way these came to a head when ownership passed to BHP Billiton. It relates the process by...

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5 October 2011

[video] Niger Delta oil spill cleanup drags on

Author: Andrew Simmons, Al Jazeera

Three years after a major oil spill in the Niger Delta, Shell still hasn't cleaned up its mess. The company finally admitted legal liability last month, but restitution negotiations could drag on. Shell is blaming delays on the country's "security...

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