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1 October 2006

Child Labor is Back: Children Are Again Sewing Clothing for Major U.S. Companies [Bangladesh]

Author: National Labor Committee [US-based NGO]

An estimated 200 to 300 children, some 11 years old or even younger, are sewing clothing for Hanes [part of Hanesbrands], Puma, J.C. Penney and Wal-Mart at the Harvest Rich plant in Bangladesh. The children report being slapped and beaten, sometimes...

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1 July 2006

[PDF] [Summary Report, Agenda, Participant List]: Asian Regional consultation Held by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises - Bangkok, June 26-27, 2006

Author: Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises

This was the second in a series of three such consultations...Because large parts of Asia provide significant manufacturing platforms within global supply chains, the Bangkok consultation focused on human rights issues in supply chains, in particular...

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24 June 2006

[PDF] Meaningful Change: Raising the Bar in Supply Chain Workplace Standards

Author: Prepared by Roseann Casey for John Ruggie, Consultation on Business and Human Rights, Bangkok, Thailand

An important dialogue is underway regarding the effectiveness and accountability of programs to monitor and correct human rights abuses in the workplace. Initiatives established to address these issues in factories along supply chains include company...

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30 January 2006

Association of Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) & IFC report highlights key themes by sector for analysis of Asian companies' environmental, social & governance performance

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30 January 2006

Taking Stock: Adding Sustainability Variables to Asian Sectoral Analysis

Author: Association of Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA)

The Taking Stock report focuses on identifying the key investment themes which investors should be evaluating in order to analyze environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues relevant to the largest and highest impact sectors in Asia...banks,...

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1 June 2005

[PDF] Corporate codes of conduct in Denmark: An examination of their CSR content

Author: prepared for the Confederation of Danish Industries by Rasmus Abildgaard Kristensen of the Danish Institute for Human Rights

Do they [codes of conduct of Danish companies] provide an adequate coverage of core labour standards? Are the codes detailed or not? What international standards do they reference? What does the text reveal about the efforts undertaken to implement...

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Article
23 February 2005

An intimate look behind Gelmart's sweatshops [Philippines]

Author: Behind the Label

[describes unhealthy working conditions & violations of Philippine labour laws at subcontractor of Gelmart Industries]...Gelmart supplies western companies such as K-Mart and WalMart...Wal-Mart and Jockey responded by saying they were going to...

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15 February 2005

Report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on business & human rights (Feb 2005)

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15 February 2005

[DOC] Report of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights on the responsibilities of transnational corporations and related business enterprises with regard to human rights

Author: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

The Commission might wish to consider further the effect of imposing direct legal obligations on business entities under international human rights law and how such obligations might be monitored...the High Commissioner underlines not only the...

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15 February 2005
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Author: Alta Comisionada de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos

Informe de la Alta Comisionada de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos sobre las responsabilidades de las empresas transnacionales y otras empresas comerciales en la esfera de los derechos humanos...Este informe se presenta en respuesta a la...

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