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Article
10 March 2008

Fair Contracts for Poor Countries

Author: Karl Sauvant, Executive Director, Columbia Univ. Program on International Investment, in Policy Innovations [USA]

A number of countries in Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, and elsewhere are abrogating or renegotiating contracts with multinational enterprises (MNEs), and others are likely to follow suit... While "fairness" may well be in the eyes of the...

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Article
19 October 2007

[PDF] full report: "Non-discrimination and Equality"

Author: Amnesty International Dutch Section

This document places the right to freedom from discrimination within the context of the workplace...[C]ase studies are included in Chapter 5, focusing in particular on the challenges of implementing non-discrimination policies in different settings. A...

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Article
19 July 2007

Mittal Steel guilty of 'dumping hazardous waste' [So. Africa]

Author: SAPA [So. Africa]

Inspectors have found that the Vereeniging site of ...Mittal Steel [part of Arcelor Mittal] contravenes environmental laws, the environment department said on Thursday....Spokesperson Mava Scott said some activities at the site...[include] the dumping...

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Article
1 July 2007

[PDF] Land Grabbing and Land Reform: Diamonds, Rubber and Forests in the New Liberia

Author: Partnership Africa Canada & Association of Environmental Lawyers of Liberia (Green Advocates)

The inequalities and lack of development inherent in the old systems [of natural resource exploitation] were in no small measure responsible for Liberia’s decade and more of instability and war...[M]ore thoroughgoing reform of the resource sector will...

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1 July 2007

Liberia: Report says exploitation of timber, rubber & minerals must be re-organised to benefit local population

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Article
10 June 2007

UK’s richest man in slave labour row

Author: Mark Franchetti, Robert Winnett, The Sunday Times [UK]

Workers employed by Lakshmi Mittal, Britain’s richest man, are accusing the billionaire of cashing in on “slave labour” conditions after scores have died in accidents in his mines. Coalminers working in Mittal’s Kazakh mines claim his firm is...

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Article
22 May 2007

Mittal halts eviction of Vanderbijlpark families [So. Africa]

Author: SABC News [So. Africa]

Steel giant, Mittal Steel South Africa, says they will not evict the remaining four families still living in Steel Valley in Vanderbijlpark...The once thriving community now resembles a barren wasteland but today the remaining families remembered the...

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Article
13 May 2007

Dirty business beware! [So. Africa]

Author: Sharda Naidoo, Business Times [So. Africa]

The government is clamping down on the country’s biggest industrial polluters in a fresh bid to cut hazardous gas emissions. This week state environmental management inspectors...started a countrywide crackdown on refineries and the iron, steel and...

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Article
30 April 2007

Mittal Steel did the right thing – will Firestone? [Liberia]

Author: Global Witness

Mittal Steel [part of Arcelor Mittal] has moved one step closer to living up to its corporate social responsibility pledges by renegotiating its deeply unfair $900 million iron ore concession agreement with war-ravaged Liberia. However, Liberia's other...

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Article
18 February 2007

South Africa: Nedbank Turns Green to Gold

Author: Business Day [So. Africa]

Justin Smith, senior manager for governance and sustainability at Nedbank...says his company is the only bank in Africa to have signed an environmental benchmark, the Equator Principles...Internally, the bank walks the talk, too...[However] Of the top...

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