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1 June 2010

[PDF] Labour relations and rights: risking lawsuits, boycotts and blacklisting

Author: Patrick Doris & Maziar Jamnejad, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer law firm

Growing pressure from consumers and other stakeholders for responsible behaviour by corporates on labour rights and conditions suggests that companies should prepare for far greater scrutiny on ethical performance... ]C]ompanies who fail to meet both...

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Article
26 May 2010

[PDF] International Chamber of Commerce, Stockholm - Transcript of luncheon speech on corporate behaviour and increasing demands

Author: Claes Cronstedt, Gaemo Group

Most corporate leaders have understood that CSR is important – but only a few know what they must do or what they are allowed to do…I have six important questions…1. The borderline between voluntary and mandatory. 2. Importance of human rights and...

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Article
11 May 2010

IFC Congratulates Moroccan BMCE Bank on Adopting Equator Principles

Author: Intl. Finance Corporation (IFC)

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, welcomes the announcement by BMCE Bank, Banque Marocaine du Commerce Exterieur, that it has become the 68th financial institution to adopt the Equator Principles... “As the first bank in the Maghreb Region to...

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Article
7 April 2010

Corporate Social Responsibility: Wisdom or Window Dressing?

Author: William Fisher, Truthout

Truthout contributor William Fisher talked with Chip Pitts, one of the world's leading authorities on [Corporate Social Responsibility]. In this interview, Professor Pitts answers key questions…Professor Pitts currently serves as…adviser to the UN...

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1 April 2010

[PDF] Without Map or Compass - Credit Suisse, UBS and Human Rights

Author: Andreas Missbach, Berne Declaration

The Berne Declaration investigated the financial connections between the two largest Swiss banks, Credit Suisse and UBS and companies embroiled in serious controversies about human rights such as the right to life, the right to security, the right to...

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23 March 2010

Laos: Activists call for Nam Theun 2 Power Co. dam to suspend operations - allege resettled villagers remain to be compensated

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Article
23 March 2010

Laos’ Nam Theun 2 Dam Operation Illegal

Author: International Rivers

Laos’ largest and most controversial hydropower project, Nam Theun 2, began full operation last week in violation of legal obligations to provide compensation and livelihood restoration to affected communities. In an attempt to avoid its obligations,...

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Article
31 January 2010

Response to the OECD Consultation on an update of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Author: Intl. Bar Association Working Group on OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

The Guidelines were last updated in 2000. Since then major legal, economic, social and political developments have taken place. An update of the instrument is critical...[The] IBA have included a broad range of comments and ideas to help improve the...

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Article
27 January 2010

Financial Reform:Making the Human Rights Case

Author: Mary Dowell Jones, Research Fellow at the Institute for Human Rights and Business

In announcing his financial reform proposals last week, US President Barack Obama pledged: “never again will the American taxpayer be held hostage by a bank that is too big to fail.”…Preventing future massive build ups of risk right across the world’s...

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25 January 2010

Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment that Respects Rights, Livelihoods and Resources

Author: FAO, IFAD, UNCTAD and the World Bank Group

Many studies show that investment to increase productivity of owner-operated smallholder agriculture has a very large impact on growth and poverty reduction. The fact (ASTI/CGIAR, 2009) that investment to bring about such productivity increases in...

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