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21 February 2019

Asia: Growing adoption of natl. guidelines on responsible business conduct increases pressure on companies

Author: Melissa Chong, Eco-business

"The rising tide of regulations on business and human rights: Could Asia be next?", 13 Feb 2019...

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Article
20 February 2019

Ireland's work permit scheme for migrant workers in fishing industry breaches human rights, say UN rapporteurs

Author: Sonia Elk, Thomson Reuters Foundation

"Irish migrant fisher workers' scheme breaches human rights, say UN rapporteurs", 18 Feb 2019...

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Story
19 February 2019

Amazon, eBay & Walmart allegedly sell goods made with Turkmen cotton produced with forced labor

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Article
19 February 2019

Are Amazon, Walmart, and eBay’s online 'marketplaces' providing a refuge for goods made with forced labor?

Author: Charlotte Tate & Eric Gottwald, International Labor Rights Forum

...[W]hile browsing online, we were surprised to find that we could buy cotton hand towels advertised as “made in Turkmenistan” on the websites of Amazon, Walmart, and eBay. In May 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) took the extraordinary...

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Company non-response
19 February 2019

Maxam did not respond

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Story
19 February 2019

Uzbekistan: Activists say Ammofos-Maxam & Maxam-Chirchiq implicated in deaths related to forced labour in cotton sector

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Ammofos-Maxam & Maxam-Chirchiq to respond to allegations that the companies are implicated in tragic deaths related to forced labour in Uzbekistan's cotton sector. The companies did not respond. ...

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Company non-response
19 February 2019

Uzkimyosanoat did not respond

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Company response
18 February 2019

Amazon response

Author: Amazon

Third-party sellers are required to comply with all relevant laws, regulations, and policies when listing items for sale in our store. Those who do not will be subject to action, including potential removal of their account. Items produced in whole or...

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Company response
18 February 2019

eBay response

Author: eBay

...The items you referenced are prohibited to be sold on eBay. They violate eBay’s International Trading Policy...

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Story
18 February 2019

Human Rights Impact Assessment of Finnish food retailer's Italian tomato supply chains released as part of pilot on going "beyond audits"

The Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) of SOK Corporation's Italian processed tomato supply chains was prepared by Oxfam as part of a pilot for the company's new approach to assessing human rights impacts in high risk supply chains that goes ‘beyon...

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