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14 January 2013

Modern-Day Slavery and Human Trafficking: Is Business Ready to Face Up to It?

Author: Joanne Bauer, in CSRWire

For far too long businesses have ignored the risk of forced labor in corporate supply chains -- a situation that reflects the failure not just of business, but of society at large to confront the inconvenient truth of modern day slavery. But at last...

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1 January 2013

Report finds information & communication industry makes progress eliminating conflict minerals from supply chain while other industries remain behind

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1 January 2013

[PDF] What's Needed: An Overview of Multi-Stakeholder and Industry Activities to Achieve Conflict-Free Minerals

Author: Responsible Sourcing Network

[Refers to Advanced Micro Devices (ADM), AIM Metals & Alloys, Alpha, American Mitsuba, AngloGold Ashanti, Apple, Asahi Pretec, AT&T, AVX, Banro, Best Buy, Boeing, BorgWarner, Cartier (part of Richemont), Chrysler, Cisco, Dell, Deloitte, Delphi...

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16 November 2012

Human Rights Campaign Rates Top U.S. Companies for LGBT-Friendly Policies

Author: Sue Reisinger, Corporate Counsel [USA]

In a groundbreaking trend for corporate America, major companies are moving much faster than lawmakers in providing equal rights protection to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals. “Businesses have laid a foundation of workplace...

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1 October 2012

Will U.S. rule for rights of S. Africans?

Author: [opinion] Desmond Tutu, in USA Today

...[On] Monday,...the U.S. Supreme Court will consider a case that could severely weaken a key legal mechanism...for survivors of abuses such as those that fueled apartheid...Shell Oil is set to argue...that this law cannot be used to hold it...

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30 August 2012

Colombian Ex-Workers suspend hunger strike as mediation begins with General Motors

Author: Austin Robles, Witness for Peace and CIP Americas [US]

Jorge Parra…signed an agreement with General Motors on behalf of the Association of Injured Workers and Ex-Workers of General Motors Colmotores (Asotrecol) that outlined a framework for mediation between each party…Still, they knew that they had only...

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22 August 2012

Will Colombia's protesting workers be heard?

Author: Al Jazeera

…[A] group of former General Motors (GM) workers stitched their lips shut and began a hunger strike…They had already spent over a year outside the US embassy…The protestors say GM has fired more than 200 employees after they reported on-the-job...

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29 March 2012

General Motors response to press article raising concerns that a GM landfill is severely polluting tribal lands in the USA

Author: General Motors

The Massena Powertrain site was owned and operated by the General Motors Corporation, which filed for bankruptcy protection on June 1, 2009...The Massena site is currently owned by the Revitalizing Auto Communities Environmental Response Trust (“RACER...

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26 March 2012

NY Mohawk: Move toxic GM dump from tribal lands

Author: Michael Virtanen, Associated Press

Larry Thompson sits…on the Mohawk Indians' Akwesasne Reservation…He points to a toxic landfill…30 feet away…Immediately upstream is a shuttered General Motors factory, now a federal Superfund site where tons of toxic waste…remain, including the 12...

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29 February 2012

US General Motors settles apartheid reparations claim

Author: Adrian Ephraim, Mail & Guardian [So. Africa]

Twenty-five South Africans who suffered at the hands of the apartheid security police have claimed a small victory after a United States court ratified a settlement between the claimants and a bankrupt General Motors. It is claimed that the...

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