New Friends of the Earth report: Calls for tighter rules on business, & presents 22 cases of alleged corporate abuses

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16 August 2002

Call for 'global enviro rules'

Author: South African Press Association

The environmental group, Friends of the Earth, on Friday called on world leaders meeting at the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg to introduce global rules for business....In the report the environmental group mentions the mining giant, Rio Tinto that is prospecting for gold in the Poboya protected forest in Indonesia despite opposition from local people. South Africa's chemical company Sasol also comes under fire.

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16 August 2002

Spotlight on corporates reveals need for global rules

Author: Friends of the Earth

Some corporations continue to abuse the rights of people, destroy the livelihoods of communities, and pollute water and forest resources for future generations, according to a new report by Friends of the Earth International published today. The report graphically illustrates the need for governments to agree to introduce tighter rules for multinationals at the Earth Summit in Johannesburg.

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1 August 2002

full report: Clashes with Corporate Giants: 22 campaigns for biodiversity and community

Author: Friends of the Earth

[includes section entitled "Towards binding corporate accountability"; also includes the following case studies:
Peru: Manhattan Minerals (Tambogrande gold mine)
Malaysia: Malaysian timber companies (logging in Sarawak - affecting indigenous peoples)
South Africa: Sasol, Total, Dow Chemicals (pollution of poor communities)
Russia/Lithuania: Lukoil (Baltic sea drilling)
Papua New Guinea: BHP Billiton (OK Tedi mine)
Chad/Cameroon: ExxonMobil, Chevron, Petronas (Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline)
Ecuador: AGIP, Alberta Energy [now EnCana], Occidental Petroleum, Perez Companc, Repsol-YPF, Techint (oil pipeline, affecting indigenous peoples)
Czech Republic: Ford, Nemak (car plant on agricultural land)
Nigeria: Shell (environmental justice issues in Niger Delta)
Chile: Noranda (aluminium plant)
Worldwide: Aventis, Monsanto (genetically modified food)
Colombia: Occidental Petroleum (oil extraction on land of U'wa people)
Australia: Barrick Gold (gold mine, affecting indigenous peoples)
Brazil: Petrobas, El Paso Energy (gas pipeline, affecting indigenous peoples)
Indonesia: Asia Pulp & Paper (logging of rainforests)
Chile: Nutreco (salmon farms)
Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey: BP (Baku-Ceyhan oil pipeline)
Malta: Ax Holdings, Carlson Companies, Regent Hotels (golf course on agricultural land)
Australia: Nihon Unipac (clearcutting Goolengook Forest)
Norway: Bayer, Monsanto, Kanegafuchi (Norwegian sea pollution)
Indonesia: Rio Tinto (gold mine, affecting indigenous peoples)
UK: Scott's Company (peat extraction for compost)]

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