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27 March 2017

USA: "Inside Alabama’s auto jobs boom: Cheap wages, little training, crushed limbs" - Bloomberg

Author: Peter Waldman, BloombergBusinessweek (USA)

[Article originally published 23 March 2017, with 13-minute audio report (scroll down to end of full article).]...

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16 February 2017

Japan: Workers work up to or beyond "karoshi line" in most Japanese manufacturers

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9 January 2017

China: Graphite production for lithium-ion batteries causes severe environmental pollution; complaints by villagers are suppressed

Author: Peter Whoriskey, Washington Post

“In your phone, in their air - A trace of graphite is in consumer tech. In these Chinese villages, it’s everywhere.”, 2 October 2016...

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9 January 2017

Negative effects of lithium mining on indigenous communities in Chile & Argentina exposed by Washington Post investigation; includes company statements

Author: Todd C. Frankel & Peter Whoriskey, Washington Post

“Tossed aside in the ‘white gold’ rush: Indigenous people are left poor as tech world takes lithium from under their feet”, 19 December 2016...

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9 January 2017

Tracking human rights violations & environmental impacts in lithium batteries supply chains in China, DRC & So. America

This series of stories in the Washington Post found that the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries - the power source for smartphones, laptops and electric cars - is linked to human rights abuses and environmental pollution in cobalt mines in Congo,...

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9 December 2016

USA: Corporate Equality Index scores record number of companies full marks for having inclusive policies for LGBT workers

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16 November 2016

Company disclosure of water management strategies exemplifies importance of water security for climate action

Author: Carbon Disclosure Project

"Thirsty business: Why water is vital to climate action, 2016 Annual Report of Corporate Water Disclosure", Nov 2016...

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1 October 2016

In your phone, In their Air

Author: Peter Whoriskey, Washington Post

….The companies making [lithium-ion batteries] promote the bright futuristic possibilities of the “clean” technology. But virtually all such batteries use graphite, and its cheap production in China, often under lax environmental controls, produces...

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29 August 2016

Automobile firms' quest for low-cost parts led to using deadly Takata air bags over safer components - New York Times report

Author: Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times (USA)

"A Cheaper Airbag, and Takata’s Road to a Deadly Crisis", 26 Aug. 2016...

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15 June 2016

Blog: Business & human rights courses will influence firms to fill governance gaps & not disregard societal impacts

Author: Caroline Kaeb and David Scheffer, Principles for Responsible Management Education, in Opinio Juris

"The Corporate Joust with Morality," 6 Jun 2016...

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