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13 November 2019

KnowTheChain Investor Snapshot: Forced Labor in Forestry (incl. Paper & Forest Products)

Author: KnowTheChain

KnowTheChain assessed 39 of the largest publicly listed companies in the paper and forestry and home furnishing retail sectors on their efforts to address forced labour risks in their supply chains, based on publicly disclosed information. The findings...

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18 March 2019
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Author: Open Global Rights

“Las tecnologías de cadena de bloques aportan una transparencia que podría mejorar las prácticas de derechos humanos”, 24 de enero de 2019...

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25 January 2019

Commentary: Blockchain technologies offer transparency that could improve human rights practices

Author: Dean Pinkert, James Ton-that & Ravi Soopramanien, OpenGlobalRights

Blockchains are generating excitement across industries due to their potential to improve supply chain transparency. Less well known is their capacity to help companies conform to supply chain integrity commitments required by the United Nations...

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8 September 2015

So. Africa: Study finds that many companies listed on JSE's Sustainability Index flout environmental laws

Author: Alide Dasnois, GroundUp

'Some of SA's top companies are quietly breaking the law', 8 Sep 2015: Some of the top companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange are flouting environmental laws and not telling their shareholders, according to a study by the Centre for...

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1 April 2009

Report urges companies in forest sector to take the lead in resolving conflicts with local people

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1 April 2009

[PDF] Company-Led Approaches to Conflict Resolution in the Forest Sector

Author: Emma Wilson, Intl. Institute for Environment & Development, for The Forests Dialogue

This discussion paper explores the potential for addressing conflict in the forest sector through the use of company-led tools and mechanisms... The paper offers examples of tools and approaches that are being employed by companies and non-industry...

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9 August 2005

S. African business slowly wakes up to AIDS challenge [South Africa]

Author: Reuters

Several big firms, such as Eskom, De Beers, the world's biggest diamond producer, and miner Anglo American have in the past few years stepped up efforts to test their workers for HIV, and treat infected staff -- in a bid to save their bottom lines.....

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19 August 2004

Sappi transfers farm in BEE [Black Economic Empowerment] initiative [So. Africa]

Author: I-Net Bridge [So. Africa]

[So. Africa]: Sappi agreed to the sale of the 2,200 hectare farm as part of its long- standing strategy to create empowerment opportunities at grass roots level in the communities where it operates...The sale of the property, recently acquired by...

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28 August 2002

Big business and labour sign deal at the World Summit for Sustainable Development [South Africa]

Author: Lawrence Bedford, EyeforChem, in Ethical Corporation Magazine

The union-inspired South African declaration for achieving sustainable environmental conservation targets within realistic economic and production strategies is now set to go international. South African signatories include Sasol (synfuels and...

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1 August 2002

Ethical sourcing codes - the answer to supply chain sustainability concerns?

Author: Sarah Roberts, National Centre for Business and Sustainability, in Ethical Corporation Magazine

Sarah Roberts looks at implementing ethical sourcing codes and the challenges of gaining certification [refers to clothing and footwear sectors; logging/forest products sector including firms Sappi, Mondi; building materials/do-it-yourself sector...

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