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9 September 2013

[PDF] Business & human rights in Latin America & the Caribbean – A round-up of recent developments

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

This briefing highlights reports from a range of sources about how businesses have impacted human rights, positively and negatively, in Latin America & the Caribbean over the past two years. The briefing refers to most countries in Latin America....

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9 September 2013
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Author: Centro de Información sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos

Este informe destaca los reportes de un variado rango de fuentes sobre los impactos (negativos y positivos) de las empresas sobre los derechos humanos en América Latina y el Caribe, en los dos últimos años. El informe hace referencia a la mayoría de...

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7 June 2013

Can post-conflict Colombia be a business and human rights leader?

Author: Annie Kelly, Guardian (UK)

...the United Fruit Company slaughter stands as a monument in the turbulent history of human rights and business in Colombia. Now...could a new era be dawning?..."...the country's reputation as a place where business was interlaced with conflict,...

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8 May 2013

AFL-CIO report on failures of social audits & certification at protecting workers rights - 2013

Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

On 23 April 2013 the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO) released a report called "Responsibility Outsourced". AFL-CIO says that this report "digs underneath the façade of social auditing and certification...

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Company non-response
8 May 2013

Dole did not respond to: AFL-CIO report "Responsibility Outsourced" raises several serious labour rights concerns including anti-union actions, harms to workers' health, harassment at audited & certified factories.

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18 March 2013

UNCTAD hosts first Global Corporate Social Responsibility Retreat [Switzerland]

Author: UN Conference on Trade and Development

UNCTAD hosted its first Global CSR Retreat…bringing together 27 corporate social responsibility (CSR) professionals from 18 countries for a…peer-to-peer learning event. Participants shared best practices on sustainable business with their peers from...

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6 September 2012

US fruit giant Dole settles 38 pesticide complaints [Nicaragua & USA]

Author: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

US fruit giant Dole has reached an agreement to terminate 38 lawsuits filed in the United States and Nicaragua alleging pesticide-related injuries, the company said. The complaints concerned Dibromochloropropane (DBCP), a pesticide sprayed on crops to...

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9 August 2012

US court dismisses Filipino workers' lawsuit vs Dole

Author: ABS-CBNnews.com

A Los Angeles superior court has dismissed the lawsuit against Dole filed by Filipino banana plantation workers, who claimed to have been injured from exposure to the agricultural chemical DBCP. The lawsuit, Macasa v. Dole, was filed last year with...

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1 January 2012

World Development Report: Background paper on private sector voluntary initiatives on labour standards

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1 January 2012

[PDF] Background Paper for the World Development Report 2012: Private Sector Voluntary Initiatives on Labor Standards

Author: Kirsten Newitt, Senior Consultant, Ergon Associates

This paper will consider the role and functioning of private sector initiatives that are voluntarily adopted by companies in order to uphold, monitor and improve labour standards and working conditions in global supply chains, through activities such...

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