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5 Aug 2020

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    Weekly Update 02 March: Russian invasion of Ukraine puts spotlight on business influence

    2 Mar 2022

    Global businesses incl. oil & gas, tech, automobile, food & beverage, healthcare, sport & entertainment seek to balance sanctions against Russia with support for Ukraine; EU Commission publishes Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence proposal; Unión Hidalgo defender Edgar Martín Regalado, opponent of EDF wind farm in Oaxaca, attacked after press conference; Mexican Supreme Court rules Almaden Minerals' mining concessions violated Nahua community rights & orders cancellation; 3 people killed in Uniworld Footwear factory fire in Bangladesh; Swedish telecom giant Ericsson allegedly paid bribes to Islamic State to sustain business in Iraq, leaked documents show; Frontex contractors allegedly operating surveillance drones used by Israeli military in assaults on Gaza to monitor migrants & refugees crossing Mediterranean; and much more

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    Weekly Update 23 February: Telecoms companies called on to resist Myanmar digital coup

    23 Feb 2022

    Leak shows Credit Suisse managed accounts for clients involved in drug trafficking, money laundering & other crimes; Employees accuse Kenyan Facebook content moderation contractor Sama of paying poverty wages, union suppression & intimidation; ZFreestones Quarry mining on Dangamvura Mountain, Zimbabwe, 'provocative & bullying' says petition signed by 35 CSOs; Mexican environmental defender Francisco Vázquez assassinated; Families of Sandy Hook school shooting victims settle for USD73m with gun maker Remington; Kingsgate reopens Thai mine named in trade agreement arbitration lawsuit & denies responsibility for water & land contamination; Uzenmunaigas oil workers in Kazakhstan protest demanding better salaries & end of prosecutions & alleged physical abuse of people detained in January protests; Qatar Airways faces allegations of retaliatory action against employees using private online forums to voice concerns of working conditions; and much more

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    Chinese Responsible Investment Overseas Newsletter Issue 17 (Feb 2022) | Zimbabwe: War of words emerges over social and environmental impacts of Chinese business operations

    16 Feb 2022

    Pakistan: Chinese govt. and companies urged to openly engage with stakeholders as massive protests and complaint against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor threatens success of project and bilateral relationship; Zimbabwe: War of words emerges between Chinese actors and civil society groups over environmental and social impacts of Chinese business operations

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    Weekly Update 16 February: Honduran Supreme Court quashes conviction of Guapinol environmental defenders

    16 Feb 2022

    Workers sue Dyson over string of allegations relating to forced labour & exploitation at Malaysian supplier ATA Industrial; International Olympic Committee criticised for not conducting adequate human rights due diligence to address risks of forced labour in Winter Games apparel; Petition launched to stop alleged planned eviction of 70,000 Maasai from ancestral land by Tanzanian Govt. to pave way for hunting co. Otterlo Business Corporation; Italian co. Chimet allegedly buying gold illegally extracted from Indigenous land in Amazon, finds Federal Police; Japan's Kirin brewery to ‘urgently terminate’ joint venture partnership with military junta-linked Myanmar Brewery Limited; Danish pension fund giant AkademikerPension drops budget airline Wizz Air over alleged labour abuses; Investigation into high death rate among Nepali workers in Saudi Arabia finds unsafe working conditions, lack of investigations & relatives left destitute; and much more

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    Weekly Update 09 February: 100+ EU companies & investors call for accountability legislation

    9 Feb 2022

    Global companies failing to comply with Australian Modern Slavery Act, new report from coalition of academics & civil society organisations shows; Oxfam America calls on EITI members to take action to ensure cos. can't use membership to boost reputation while opposing supportive regulations; South African Constitutional Court to hear Australian mining co. Mineral Commodities Ltd defamation case against 6 environmentalists & activists; Eucalyptus co. Suzano's ‘sustainable agenda’ causing conflicts with Indigenous communities & quilombolas in Brazil, claim environmentalists; Vyasi Hydroelectric project in India allegedly proceeding with no environmental impact assessment or local consultation, threatening Indigenous communities; Usdaw shopworkers union celebrates ‘huge win’ in UK legal case against Tesco over 'fire and rehire' tactics; Newcastle United FC training camp in Saudi Arabia criticised by Amnesty International for ‘sportswashing’ Govt. human rights abuses; and much more

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    Weekly Update 02 February: Rio Tinto-commissioned report documents culture of sexual harassment, bullying & racism

    2 Feb 2022

    Activists fear potential Myanmar military junta-approved M1 Group and Shwe Byain Phyu takeover of Telenor operations risks exposure of public’s personal data; Nicaraguan farmers seek USD1 billion in French court from US companies Shell Oil, Dow Chemical and Occidental Chemical for alleged health damages from pesticides; Mining company Edsabri (Private) Limited fined for conducting activities in Zimbabwe without environmental impact assessment certificate; Mexican journalist Lourdes Maldonado murdered in Baja California four days after judge ruled in her favour in labour dispute with former employer PSN; Indian apparel exporter Shahi Exports commits to paying all back wages owed to Karnataka garment workers; Drinking water in Armenian town Zovuni polluted for 2 years due to old pipes - residents allege co. Veolia Jur refuses to fix problem; Former Emirates cabin crew allege airline monitored weight & took recently pregnant employees off duty to ensure ‘glamorous’ image; and much more

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    Weekly Update 26 January: One year on from Myanmar coup, Total & Chevron withdraw

    26 Jan 2022

    Shell appeal USD1.92b judgment for alleged oil spill in Nigeria which polluted Ejalawa community lands & waterways; Meta’s oversight board recommends independent human rights due diligence assessment into Ethiopia Facebook and Instagram hate speech; Plantations et Huileries du Congo (PHC) allegedly exposed local communities in DRC to toxic waste; Grey's Anatomy-branded scrubs seller Barco Uniforms pays USD1m to striking Industrias Florenzi workers; Hundreds of migrant workers in Malaysia subject to ‘squalid’ onsite living conditions at glove manufacturers owned by Brightway Holdings; Serbian govt. drops plans for Rio Tinto lithium mine following weeks of nationwide protests over environmental & health concerns; Report alleges migrant workers at G4S Qatar continue to incur illegal recruitment fees; and much more

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    Weekly Update 19 January: Brands & retailers respond to 'worst wage theft' documented in global garment industry in Karnataka, India

    19 Jan 2022

    New York Fashion Act requiring fashion brands to disclose human & environmental impact unveiled - NGOs seek stronger labour rights protections; 4,000 Clover dairy workers in South Africa strike over redundancies & wage cuts; Vallourec fined for environmental damage & has activities suspended in Brazil after dike overflows; Nigerian Govt. lift Twitter ban after 7 months; co. didn't comment for article Major highways in Belgrade blocked by protest against lithium mining in Serbia; Dubai Labour Court uses new legal provision to freeze employers' assets in cases of unpaid wages; Residents allege Zululand Anthracite Colliery failed to notify communities of coal slurry spill which polluted water sources; Monsanto pleads guilty to endangering employees with dangerous pesticide in Hawaii - co. to pay USD12m in fines; and much more

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    Weekly Update 12 January: Internet blackout as oil workers lead mass protests in Kazakhstan

    12 Jan 2022

    IOC urged to disclose due diligence taken to eliminate Winter Olympic merchandise materials allegedly produced by Uyghur forced labour; Villagers in Zimbabwe lose eviction battle to pave way for commercial irrigation venture in pivotal 'right to self-determination' court case; Explosion & fire at Imerys chemical deposit in Barcarena, Brazil, cause toxic smoke, town population report damage to health; Chubut province, Argentina, overturns law that was to allow large-scale mining after mass protests; Union members arrested after strike against NagaWorld casino layoffs and paycuts in Cambodia; Civil Society concerned by inclusion of gas & nuclear investments in new EU ‘sustainable finance taxonomy’ rules; Construction co. Gulf House Co. for Trading & Contracting fined & suspended from Qatar Govt. contracts for failing to renew visas or pay salaries for 4 months; and much more

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