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3 March 2019

Cambodia: A National Social Security Fund working group finds the smell of engine oil as a root cause of mass fainting at a garment factory

Author: Koemsoeun Soth, The Phnom Penh Post

"NSSF: Cause of mass fainting found", 28 February 2019...

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16 May 2018

Kenya: Protesters picket outside restaurant for alleged discrimination against breastfeeding customer; includes company's comments

Author: Aggrey Omboki, Daily Nation (Kenya)

"Olive restaurant in Nairobi sorry over breastfeeding gaffe"...

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25 August 2016

What Mylan's EpiPen Cost Scandal Says About the Drug Price Problem

Author: Jen Wieczner, Fortune (USA)

Following a weeklong firestorm over its EpiPen price hikes...Mylan offered an olive branch on Thursday in the form of a coupon... What Mylan did not do, however, was promise to roll back the price of EpiPen, which has risen about 500% since Mylan...

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29 April 2014

[PDF] Private Military & Security Companies and their impacts on human rights: Recent developments

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

In relation to reported negative human rights impacts by PMSCs, some continue to occur in areas of conflict or weak governance such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, but we have seen a rising of reports alleging abuses in other regions, especially in...

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14 March 2014

Olive Group is First Private Security Company to be Awarded Accredited Certification to the Private Security Standard (PSC1): a Key Milestone for the Company and the Industry

Author: Olive Group

Olive Group FZ-LLC has become the first private security company globally to achieve accredited certification against the PSC1 standard for private security companies. This follows a rigorous process of audit and inspection of its corporate management...

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13 January 2014

Disney, Darden and other big businesses throw weight behind bill to end LGBT discrimination [USA]

Author: Jason Garcia & Sandra Pedicini, Orlando Sentinel (USA)

Some of Florida's biggest and most influential businesses...including Walt Disney World and Darden Restaurants...threw their weight behind long-stalled legislation to prohibit discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Floridians. The...

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20 September 2013

Founding Industry Members

Author: International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers Association (ICoCA)

Founding Industry Members ACADEMI, AEGIS, AGEMA Svcs., Al Hurea, Al Thuraya Consultancy, Edinburgh Intl., Edson Tiger, Ekpedefsi Epikinonia, KK Security, Kryptais Group Intl., Pheonix Maritime Protection, Pilgrims Group, Plexus Consultancy, Special...

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9 December 2011

Security firms hustle in lawless Libya

Author: UPI

As rival militias in postwar Libya wage turf wars in Tripoli and the interim government struggles to form a national army, Western mercenaries are moving in to fill the security vacuum in the oil-rich North African state...The main focus of the...

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21 September 2011

Battle of commercial interests confound fight against noncommunicable diseases

Author: David Brown, Washington Post

Behind...talks at the United Nations and a...document about the need to fight noncommunicable diseases...is a fierce struggle between commercial and health interests...Some of the issues...are the same ones at the heart of...the battle against smoking...

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1 January 2011

[PDF] UN Use of Private Military and Security Companies: Practices and Policies

Author: Åse Gilje Østensen, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)

[M]ost analysts and commentators acknowledge that several members of the UN family contract PMSCs on a more or less regular basis. Similarly, the practice of UN humanitarian organisations buying services from PMSCs is also well known among observers.....

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