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NGOs to further challenge UN Global Compact to uphold its “Integrity Measures”

Author: Investors Against Genocide & SOMO, Published on: 19 January 2009

Following the refusal by the UN Global Compact (UNGC) to accept and act on a formal complaint of "systematic or egregious abuse" of the Global Compact's overall aims and principles by PetroChina, a UNGC participant, the NGOs that submitted the complaint plan to escalate the matter to the UNGC's Board of Directors... Eric Cohen, Chairperson of Investors Against Genocide...[said] "The UNGC would be setting an extremely unfortunate precedent by declining to use its own documented process to preserve the integrity of its work in this extreme situation."...Bart Slob, senior researcher at SOMO, concurs that the public image of the UN should not be used by companies to cover up irresponsible behaviour.

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Related companies: PetroChina (part of China National Petroleum Corporation)