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26 July 2007

'Slave Labor' Lawsuit Forces Japan to Rethink Training Program

Author: Sachiko Sakamaki, Bloomberg

…Le Thi Kim Lien says she toiled in a sweatshop supplying parts for Toyota and Nissan automobiles. Le [worked] at TMC Ltd., sometimes working from 8:30 a.m. until past midnight…Almost half [her salary] was put into a bank account she couldn't access,...

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16 July 2007

Black marks for firms who exaggerate impact of carbon offsetting schemes

Author: Rob Edwards, Sunday Herald [UK]

Schemes used…to offset pollution are flawed and failing to save the planet, it has been claimed. Oil giant BP has also been accused of exaggerating cuts in emissions from pig farms in Mexico, while Sky TV's [part of British Sky Broadcasting] claims...

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11 April 2007

Lagging Rivals, Nissan Must Get Greener [Japan]

Author: Chang-Ran Kim, Reuters

Nissan…risks falling further behind local rivals Toyota… and Honda… if it doesn't improve its green credentials…Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn's costly rejection of today's expensive gasoline-electric hybrid cars as a bad business proposition also...

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4 April 2007

Honda, Toyota Beat Detroit Across the Board on Emissions

Author: SustainableBusiness.com News

Honda and Toyota left Detroit's Big Three in the dust in the Union of Concerned Scientists' (UCS) biennial ranking of the greenest automakers... Hyundai-Kia, Nissan and Volkswagen were in the middle of the pack, coming in third, fourth and fifth,...

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6 March 2007

Automakers seek to toss out California global warming suit [USA]

Author: Paul Elias, Associated Press

The world's six largest automakers…asked a judge to toss out a novel federal lawsuit filed by California that seeks…millions of dollars [that] it expects to spend on repairing damage from global-warming induced floods and other natural disasters…[U.S....

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22 February 2007

CSR: Automotive

Author: Globe and Mail [Canda]

[Results of Globe & Mail / Jantzi Research survey of automotive sector. Compares social & environmental performance of the following companies, listed from highest score to lowest: Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, General Motors, Volkswagen, Ford...

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29 January 2007

United States Must Redefine "Fair Trade"

Author: Devin T. Stewart, Policy Innovations [USA]

...Washington's new political makeup provides an opportunity to shape a globalization that benefits all. In the realm of international trade, a starting point may be to reconcile free and fair trade...[Trade] is a tool to help increase living...

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21 January 2007

Enslaved workers make charcoal used to make basic steel ingredient

Author: Michael Smith & David Voreacos, Bloomberg News

[P]ig iron [that] will end up in cars and trucks made...by Ford, General Motors, Nissan [,] Toyota [and]...that goes into steel used by Whirlpool...and is used in foundries at Kohler...can be traced to slaves in Brazil...Ford, General Motors and...

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19 January 2007

From Competition to Cooperation: Companies Collaborate on Social and Environmental Issues

Author: Bill Baue, SocialFunds.com

Competition may drive capitalism, but cooperation is gaining ground as an important business strategy for addressing social and environmental issues that impact companies across the board. Increasingly, companies are joining forces not only with...

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1 January 2007

[PDF] Building Linkages for Competitive and Responsible Entrepreneurship

Author: Jane Nelson, The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

As the [OECD] has commented…”Increasing economic growth is essential – but it is not enough. The quality of growth –its sustainability, composition and equity – is equally important”…In many developing countries achieving this goal [improving the...

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