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1 September 2008

USA: Corporate Equality Index ranks 583 firms on treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender employees, consumers, investors

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31 August 2008

[PDF] [full report] Corporate Equality Index - A Report Card on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality in Corporate America

Author: Human Rights Campaign [USA]

Several industries saw improvement in both the average rating and the number of top-rated businesses: airlines; computer hardware and office equipment; food, beverages and groceries; insurance; law firms; and, retail and consumer products... Of the 35...

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9 March 2008

Investors File 54 Global Warming-Related Shareholder Resolutions

Author: Environmental Leader [USA]

U.S. investors have filed 54 global warming shareholder resolutions with U.S. companies, nearly doubling the number filed two years ago.Companies targeted in the 2008 proxy season include Dynegy..., Massey Energy..., ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips...,...

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15 January 2008

Companies warned on social reports

Author: James Mackintosh, Financial Times

A group of influential investors has warned 78 listed companies that they are breaching pledges to a United Nations agreement on society and the environment by failing to publish progress reports. The investors, led by Morley Fund Management in the UK...

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16 July 2007

Black marks for firms who exaggerate impact of carbon offsetting schemes

Author: Rob Edwards, Sunday Herald [UK]

Schemes used…to offset pollution are flawed and failing to save the planet, it has been claimed. Oil giant BP has also been accused of exaggerating cuts in emissions from pig farms in Mexico, while Sky TV's [part of British Sky Broadcasting] claims...

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24 March 2007

Microsoft drops supplier over diversity policy [UK]

Author: Andrew Taylor, FT

Microsoft has dropped one of its suppliers in the UK because it failed to meet the software giant's standards on employee diversity. The UK arm of Microsoft is one of a small but growing number of British companies to monitor suppliers to ensure they...

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26 January 2007

[PDF] What Should Bill Gates Do?

Author: [opinion] Jon Entine, adjunct fellow at American Enterprise Institute, in Wall Street Journal

Three weeks ago the Los Angeles Times ran a series accusing the [Gates Foundation] of reaping "vast financial gains" from corporations with "environmental lapses, employment discrimination, disregard for worker rights, or unethical practices" that ...

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1 January 2007

[PDF] Who’s Going “Carbon Neutral”?: A Compilation by Business for Social Responsibility

Author: Business for Social Responsibility

Who’s going carbon neutral?...[W]e have been surprised at the distinct lack of basic resources on carbon neutrality trends, and have therefore taken the step of compiling a list of the most prominent carbon neutral claims, at the company and project...

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31 May 2006

Judge sides with Muslim in Ramadan scarf lawsuit [USA]

Author: Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services [USA]

A national car rental firm [Alamo Rent-A-Car (part of Vanguard Car Rental)] illegally discriminated against a Muslim woman [Bilan Nur] in the wake of 9/11 by refusing to let her wear a scarf during the holy month of Ramadan, a federal judge has ruled....

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13 November 2005

The Pineros: Forest workers caught in web of exploitation [USA]

Author: Tom Knudson & Hector Amezcua, Sacramento Bee [USA]

Guest forest workers are routinely subjected to conditions not tolerated elsewhere in the United States, [a Sacramento] Bee investigation found. They are gashed by chain saws, bruised by tumbling logs and rocks, verbally abused and forced to live in...

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