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Public Eye on Davos awards for "corporate irresponsibility": Chevron over pollution in Ecuador, Disney over workers' rights issues in China, Citigroup over tax evasion & money laundering by dictators

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25 January 2006

World Economic Forum - Disgraceful Distinctions

Author: Gustavo Capdevila, Inter Press Service (IPS)

The prizes for corporate irresponsibility were awarded this year to the oil giant Chevron, in environmental affairs, for polluting forests in Ecuador; to Walt Disney, in the social domain, for violating workers' and human rights in China; and to Citigroup, for enabling tax evasion and money laundering by corporations, individuals and dictators. [also refers to Texaco (part of Chevron), Euzkadi Rubber, Continental Tire]

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18 August 2005

[DOC] The Walt Disney Company’s response to the NLC accusations

Author: Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company...[has] a strong International Labor Standards (ILS) Code of Conduct for Manufacturers and [conducts] regular social compliance audits of the independently run factories that produce Disney branded merchandise. The Walt Disney Company has contacted Verité, a non-profit social auditing and training firm, to conduct an investigation of the claims regarding the Hung Hing and Nord Race factories...[Past audits of these factories] reflect instances of noncompliance followed by remediation. However, these audits at no time revealed the severity of the violations reported by the NLC today...Disney will also work with local civil society organizations in China with which we maintain an existing relationship to determine whether a role in the investigation or any subsequent remediation efforts would be appropriate.

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