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1 January 2004

Social Corporate Responsibility and the Role of the Women's Movement

Author: Ana Elena Obando, Women's Human Rights net

[refers to Unocal, Shell, Halliburton, Coca-Cola, Gildan Activewear, Procter & Gamble, Drummond]

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1 January 2004

[PDF] "Challenges of Water Scarcity: A Business Case for Financial Institutions" - joint publication UN Environmental Programme Finance Initiative [UNEP FI] & Stockholm International Water Institute [SIWI]

Author: UN Environmental Programme Finance Initiative & Stockholm International Water Institute

This report...highlights the importance of private sector participation in the water sector for the benefit of water sustainability. [case studies about projects in Latin America, Africa: refers to AES Tiete, Bank of America, African Chrome,...

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1 January 2004

[PDF] full report: "Promoting International Worker Rights through Private Voluntary Initiatives: Public Relations or Public Policy?" - A Report to the U.S. Dept. of State

Author: Elliot J. Schrage, commissioned by University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR)

[refers to soccer ball companies Adidas, Brine, Franklin, Mitre, Mizuno, Moltex Sporting Goods, Nike, Reebok, Saga Sports, Umbro; coffee industry companies Kraft (part of Altria), Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Sara Lee, Starbucks; toy-related...

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10 December 2003

Labor, Rights Groups Vow to Stop CAFTA in Congress

Author: Jim Lobe, OneWorld

As U.S. trade officials put the finishing touches on a new free trade agreement with five Central America countries, groups opposed to the deal expressed confidence that they could defeat it in Congress when it is submitted some time next year.

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1 December 2003

[PDF] Coffee & Codes - Overview of codes of conduct and ethical trade initiatives in the coffee sector

Author: Bart Slob & Joris Oldenziel, SOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations)

This report contains an overview of initiatives of monitoring and verification of codes of conduct in the agricultural sector, with an emphasis on the coffee sector. [refers to Ahold, Java Trading, Neumann Kaffee, Kraft (part of Altria), Nestlé,...

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24 November 2003

Slave Labor? Unocal is being sued in the U.S. for ignoring abuses in Burma. It's the next globalization battle

Author: Adam Zagorin, Time

...But TIME has obtained unsealed court documents that challenge the company's assertion. A Unocal consultant warned the firm in 1992 that "throughout Burma, the government habitually makes use of forced labor..." [also refers to Total, Fresh Del...

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1 November 2003
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Author: Sara Martínez Juan, Colaboradora del Grupo de Monitoreo Independiente de El Salvador para el Observatorio de la Maquila y Libre Comercio

[DOC] La experiencia mexicana parece poner de manifiesto que las supuestas ventajas de los tratados de libre comercio benefician a pocos individuos y pocas empresas.

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6 October 2003

Environmental protests planned for Tuesday at Inco sites around the world

Author: Canadian Press

An environmental group plans to hold protests Tuesday at sites around the world operated by mining giant Inco Ltd. to call attention to what they say are the company's "inferior environmental practices."...A provincial Environment Ministry survey in...

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1 October 2003

Labor Rights Protections in CAFTA - A Human Rights Watch Briefing Paper

Author: Human Rights Watch

Free trade alone...cannot guarantee greater respect for workers’ rights...meaningful protections for workers’ human rights should be built into CAFTA.

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1 October 2003

Strange Fruit - Guatemalan peasants murdered on [former] Del Monte banana plantation

Author: Matt Pacenza, Village Voice [USA]

Lawyers with the International Labor Rights Fund are...helping exiled union leaders sue the company [Fresj Del Monte Produce] in a Florida court under the 214-year-old Alien Tort Claims Act...The lawsuit alleges that the $2 billion company conspired...

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