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31 December 2010

[PDF] Corporate Social Responsibility in Latin America - A Collection of Research Papers from the Virtual Institute Network

Author: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) was mandated to work on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues by the 2008 Accra Accord...The publication covers CSR and labour practices in the agriculture and extractive...

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15 February 2010

Banana Land and the Corporate Death Squad Scandals [Colombia]

Author: Charlie Cray, Huffington Post

A federal judge recently refused to dismiss a civil suit filed against Chiquita which charges that the company paid leftist (FARC) guerrillas…The company's position…has been that…paramilitaries forced the company…to make the payments…The problem for...

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21 March 2009

Colombian paramilitary tells how he financed his own Murder Inc.: bananas

Author: Steven Dudley, Miami Herald [USA]

...Raúl Hasbún...[is] a former banana grower and paramilitary involved in Colombia's right-wing counterinsurgency...Everyone wants to hear how he allegedly devised a method for putting the squeeze on international companies to raise the money to arm...

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1 March 2009

Report by Intl. Trade Union Confederation says "company profit-taking" is a major cause of the global food crisis

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1 March 2009

[PDF] A Recipe for Hunger: How the World is Failing on Food

Author: International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

[T]he current price level of basic food staples is still much higher than it was…The food crisis has affected everyone but most of all the worst off…[D]eregulation in trade and financial markets has mainly favoured agrofood multinationals…Much of the...

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31 December 2008

[PDF] Deadly ventures? Multinational corporations and paramilitaries in Colombia

Author: Olga Martin-Ortega, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of East London [UK]

One of [the Colombian conflict] characteristics is the participation of external actors...The activities and working methods of certain multinational corporations in Colombia have had a direct impact on the development of the conflict in certain areas...

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12 May 2008
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Author: El Tiempo [Colombia]

Aparte de Chiquita Brands, también habrían pagado Del Monte y Dole, dos de las empresas más reconocidas en el campo de los alimentos, aseguró en el programa 60 minutos de esa cadena..."Nos parecíamos a un Estado. Los proveíamos de protección, lo que...

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11 May 2008

[video] The Price Of Bananas

Author: Steve Kroft, 60 Minutes, CBS News [USA]

...[O]ver the past 25 years no place has been more perilous [for American corporations abroad] than Colombia... Chiquita...found out the hard way. It made millions growing bananas there, only to emerge with its reputation splattered in blood after...

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6 November 2007

Bananas to UK via the Channel islands? It pays for tax reasons

Author: Ian Griffiths, Felicity Lawrence

[refers to Fyffes, Dole, Chiquita. Fresh Del Monte]

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6 November 2007

Investigation reveals extensive tax avoidance by banana companies - depriving govts. of revenue for development, services

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