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5 October 2010

Investor Pressure Moves Toyota Affiliate to Divest from Joint Venture with Burmese Regime

Author: Susan Baker, Trillium Asset Management; and Shin Furuya, Domini Social Investments

In a letter to a group of investors, Toyota Motor North America confirmed that its major trading partner Toyota Tsusho (TTC) has divested its ownership stake in Myanmar Suzuki Motor. TTC jointly controlled the vehicle assembly plant with the Burmese...

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Article
1 July 2010

[PDF] Investing in Decent Work: The case for investor action on forced labour

Author: Committee on Workers' Capital

...[T]his project focuses on institutional investors, and trade union trustees in particular, as they can influence the companies they invest in to have progressive policies and practices on forced labour. In doing so, the project emphasises that...

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Company non-response
24 February 2010

Suzuki did not respond to: SOMO report says top 10 auto-makers allegedly failing to address supply chain conflict minerals.

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Article
1 February 2010

SOMO report alleging that ten largest car manufacturers do not assess use of conflict minerals and company responses

Author: compiled by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

In Feb 2010, SOMO issued a report “Driven by Corporate Social Responsibility? Top ten car manufacturers – A CSR analysis”, alleging that the ten largest car manufacturers do not consider human rights when sourcing metals. Business & Human Rights...

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Article
10 November 2009

Social responsibility: IBM to support tribal theme park in Sasan Gir [India]

Author: Indian Express

IBM will support the first tribal theme park in Gujarat in Sasan Gir...It will be run and managed by the tribals of Sasan Gir, known as the Siddis...Mamtha Sharma, Manager, CSR and Community Affairs, IBM said: “...Our experts helped in developing the...

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Article
3 October 2009

Labour unrest at Gurgaon-Manesar auto parts units continues [India]

Author: The Hindu [India]

A total of 25,000-30,000 workers of auto ancilliary units in the Gurgaon-Manesar belt...[have been]...agitating for around six days...The belt...includes major auto component suppliers such as Rico Auto, Sunbeam Auto, Sona Koyo Steering Systems,...

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Article
1 January 2009

[PDF] Countdown to Copenhagen: Government, business and the battle against climate change

Author: Economist Intelligence Unit, The Economist

2009 has the potential to be a watershed year for climate change. The clock is counting down to the Copenhagen conference in December…Whatever policymakers in these various regions decide, the impact of regulation will fall primarily on the corporate...

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Article
5 December 2008

[Company responses & non-responses to "Chain store reaction project”]

Author: Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking & CALL+RESPONSE

[The Chain store reaction project is an open letter asking companies to investigate labour abuses in their production chains. Webpage indicates how many emails sent to each company, and which are responding]. [refers to American Apparel, Audi, A...

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Article
4 September 2008

Xinhua: Japanese companies to set up special economic zone in Myanmar

Author: BurmaNet News

Major Japanese motor companies are planning to establish [six] special economic zone in Myanmar [which is planned to attract direct foreign investment…to promote the country’s economic development] to produce motor vehicle spare parts, the leading...

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Article
1 June 2008

The Toyota You Don’t Know: The Race to the Bottom in the Auto Industry

Author: National Labor Committee [USA]

Overworked to death... Sweatshops and human trafficking: Toyota’s parts supply chain is riddled with sweatshop abuse, including the human trafficking of tens of thousands of foreign guest workers—mostly from China and Vietnam—to Japan, where they are...

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