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Updating the Resource Centre Digital Platform

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is at a critical point in its development. Our digital platform is home to a wealth of information on business and human rights, but hasn’t had a visual refresh for a number of years.

We will soon be updating the site to improve its usability and better serve the thousands of people that use our site to support their work.

Please take an advance peek at our new look, and let us know what you think!

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Alex Guy, Digital Officer

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1 June 2004

UK: High costs holding back ethical consumers, report finds

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1 June 2004

[PDF] full report: "Consuming for Good? The role of consumers in driving responsible business"

Author: Agenda Scotland & Scottish Consumer Council

[refers to Co-operative Group, Focus-Wickes, BT, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Homebase (part of GUS), B&Q (part of Kingfisher), Shell, Littlewoods, Cafédirect]

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1 May 2004

How do You Like Your Tea? Globalization and Labor Stir It Up on the Plantations of Bengal

Author: Anannya Bhattacharjee, Labor Notes

As a result, tea garden workers are more organized and have the right to collective bargaining. The industry has been dominated by a few monopolizing multinational companies - such as Unilever (Brooke Bond/Lipton), Cadbury Schweppes, Tatas and...

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29 February 2004

Fair trade: coming to a shelf near you

Author: Nick Mathiason, Observer

But could this sector be going mainstream? Tomorrow Britain's biggest supermarket, Tesco, will launch its own-label fair trade brand, taking its range to 60 products. [also refers to Co-operative Group, Union Coffee Roasters]

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1 January 2004

[PDF] Opportunities for Business in the fight against HIV/AIDS

Author: Natras, N., University of Cape Town, Neilson, T., Bery, P., Mistry, N., Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Sievers, S.E., Columbia University

[PDF] A framework for analysis of the impact of HIV/AIDS on business and the benefits of direct company action in the global response. [refers to Standard Chartered, DaimlerChrysler, Eskom, Heineken, BP, Anglo American, Viacom, MAC Cosmetics]

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15 December 2003

What are the limits of fair trade?

Author: Cameron Baughen, Action and Communication Network for International Development

Fair Trade as an ethical consumer choice movement has grown in popularity over the last few years...Yet, this movement based on consumer trust is in danger of being seriously undermined.

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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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14 October 2003

African countries urged to wipe out child labour

Author: The Star [South Africa]

Millions of African children working on commercial farms are at high risk of death and injury...About 70% of the world's 250-million child labourers work on farms, and it is common to find children employed on coffee, tea, tobacco, sugar cane, cotton...

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5 September 2003

Hazard zone: Tea workers walk into a pesiticide web [India]

Author: Debasis Sarkar, Economic Times [India]

The threat of pesticides now looms large over workers at tea gardens and consumers. Indiscriminate use of such chemical supplements in tea plantations pose a risk to the workers’ health.

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9 June 2003

ICFTU 2003 Survey - ASIA: harsh and violent anti-union behaviour

Author: International Confederation of Free Trade Unions

With trade unionists harassed, sacked, assaulted, imprisoned and sometimes even killed, the survey covering 30 countries in the Asia and Pacific region deplores the depressing continuation and even partial worsening of trade union rights violations in...

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