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22 May 2013

Shareholders Pressure McDonald's to Report Human Rights Impacts

Author: Margaret Jungk, UN Working Group on business and human rights, in Huffington Post Blog

On May 23, McDonald's shareholders will vote on a resolution requesting that the company identify and publicly report its human rights impacts. The resolution...requests that McDonald's performs...'human rights due diligence' in their operations, and...

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7 May 2013

LGBT Workplace Inclusion: Engaging Allies Forum [Hong Kong, 23 May]

Author: Community Business

To help companies hone their strategies for engaging with allies, Community Business, with sponsorship from Goldman Sachs and Barclays, is organising a Forum to discuss the strategies that companies can employ to promote allies in their workplace and...

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30 April 2013

[PDF] Tax responsibility:an investor guide

Author: ActionAid

This guide is aimed at investors seeking to examine corporate tax policy and practices. Tax is increasingly under the spotlight, intensifying financial, regulatory and reputational risks in this area for companies. Where tax practices are aggressive,...

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9 April 2013

[PDF] Liu, Pension Funds Reach Agreement With AIG, BNY Mellon, And US Bancorp To Disclose Race And Gender In Workforces [USA]

Author: John C. Liu, New York City Comptroller

Comptroller John C. Liu and the New York City Pension Funds today announced that AIG (NYSE: AIG), BNY Mellon (NYSE: BK), and US Bancorp (NYSE: USB) have agreed to provide meaningful disclosure of the composition of their U.S. workforces by race and...

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21 March 2013

Goldman wins ruling to arbitrate discrimination claim [USA]

Author: Nate Raymond, Reuters

Goldman Sachs…won a U.S. court order allowing it to send a former employee's gender discrimination claim to arbitration, rather than being forced to defend against her claims in a class action lawsuit…[T]he 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York...

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5 March 2013

Shareholder Activists Push for Human Rights Committees [USA] [subscription required]

Author: Joe Mont, Compliance Week

Board-level committees are proliferating...Now investors are pushing some boards to add...a human rights committee. Shareholders have targeted companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Apple, and Goldman Sachs, with resolutions that call for the creation...

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5 March 2013

The Privatization of War: Mercenaries, Private Military and Security Companies (PMSC)

Author: Jose Luis Gomez del Prado, for Global Research

The new security industry of private companies moves large quantities of weapons and military equipment. It provides services for military operations recruiting former militaries as civilians to carry out passive or defensive security. However, these...

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28 February 2013

Corporations urge Supreme Court to embrace gay marriage [USA]

Author: Lawrence Hurley and Aruna Viswanatha, Reuters

More than 200 businesses on Wednesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a federal law [DOMA] that restricts the definition of marriage to heterosexual unions, in one of corporate America's most prominent efforts to support same-sex marriage.....

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16 January 2013

Accenture is the most 'gay-friendly' employer in the UK

Author: Tom Newcombe, HR Magazine [UK]

Global management consultancy firm Accenture has been named the most 'gay-friendly' employer in Britain by lesbian, gay and bisexual charity, Stonewall's annual top 100 Workplace Equality Index 2013...Olly Benzecry, senior managing director of...

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16 January 2013

Public Eye Awards 2013

Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

For the annual "Public Eye Awards", which the organisers (Greenpeace Switzerland & Berne Declaration) say are for the "worst cases of corporate human rights abuses and environmental misdeeds", seven companies were nominated in January 2013....

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