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8 February 2006

New York City Comptroller files shareholder resolutions with 11 US companies urging them to curb human rights abuses by their overseas suppliers

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5 January 2006

Alliances heed antitrust traps

Author: Sarah Murray, Financial Times

Companies that want to foster responsible business practices might be surprised to learn that they must also be careful not to breach the law. Joint initiatives to tackle environmental and social risks are emerging in a widening range of industries,...

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1 September 2005

China Labor Watch report says Dongguan toy factories violate basic labour laws - focus on Kai Long (supplier to Hasbro, KFC, Mattel, McDonald's)

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1 September 2005

The Toy Industry in China: Undermining Workers’ Rights and Rule of Law

Author: Li Qiang, Executive Director, China Labor Watch

The Chinese toy industry...[has] a dark side...: excessive work hours, dangerous equipment and chemicals, cramped employee dormitories, abusive managers, crooked hiring practices, and pay below even China’s minimum wage. This report...attempts to...

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1 September 2005

[DOC] full report: "The Toy Industry in China: Undermining Workers’ Rights and Rule of Law"

Author: China Labor Watch

Of the 10 factories we investigated, Jie Ling [Jieling Toy] is the only one that abides by the work time [and wage] regulations set out by China Labor Law... [refers to concerns about working conditions at Kai Long, supplier to Hasbro, KFC (part of...

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5 May 2005

'Tis the Season for Shareholder Activism [USA]

Author: Jan Frel, CorpWatch

Shareholder meetings are also the one opportunity each year where minority shareholders and advocacy groups have a chance to speak directly with the company boards in a public forum. Participation ranges from mild-mannered opposition to radical,...

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24 February 2005

New York City Pension Funds Urge 15 Companies to Adopt Workplace Human Rights Policies

Author: office of New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson

...the five New York City pension funds [are] urging 15 companies to adopt workplace human rights policies...based on the conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO) on workplace human rights and the United Nation's Norms on the...

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15 December 2004
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Author: Véronique Smée, Novethic

L'UFC-Que choisir a...«audité» les usines chinoises de ces entreprises et mené des entretiens avec des employés, en s’appuyant sur les normes édictées par l’Organisation Internationale du Travail...[fait référence à Hasbro, Mattel, Bandai, Walt Disney,...

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28 November 2004

Mattel struggles to balance profit with morality

Author: Abigail Goldman, Los Angeles Times

As increasing numbers of Western manufacturers shift production to China and other developing countries, Mattel's experience underscores how difficult it is to guarantee humane working conditions and still make the ever-less-expensive goods that...

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25 September 2004

EU bans hazardous chemicals used in toys

Author: Stephen Castle, Independent [UK]

Seven years after campaigners first went into battle against hazardous chemicals being used in baby toys, [EU] ministers agreed yesterday on a permanent ban despite fierce lobbying from industry...The industry signalled yesterday that its long fight...

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