Thursday, September 6, 2007

Business & human rights: Weekly Update - September 5, 2007

From the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre:
Weekly Update: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - 5 September

Principales noticias / Articles de premier plan:

The top stories include / Las noticias incluyen / Les articles

* Report for John Ruggie: States' responsibilities to adjudicate
corporate activities under UN Convention on Elimination of Discrimination
against Women

* Guyana: Allegations of safety & labour abuses at Chinese-owned wood
processing factory
- Responses by Chinese companies: Baishanlin, BUCC
- Follow-up article: Guyana's labour minister notes improvements at the
plant, promises stronger enforcement of labour laws

* Orissa, India: ActionAid raises concerns about impact of Vedanta
Resources alumina project on indigenous groups & environment
- Vedanta response

* Nigeria: Workers at Standard Flour Mills allege anti-union practices,
racial discrimination, safety breaches
- Standard Flour Mills response

* John Ruggie letter to ESCR-Net regarding its survey of corporate
human rights abuses

* So. Korean newspaper calls for end to labour rights abuses by Korean
companies operating overseas, and says: "It is becoming ever harder to
do business anywhere while ignoring universal human rights"

* Uganda's flower industry: Code for farmers & managers helps raise
labour standards

* Amnesty Intl. urges UK firms to act on China rights abuses

* India: Posco compensation to families displaced by steel plant -
includes training in producing goods for export, and a guaranteed market

* USA: Social investors oppose proposed regulations that would limit
shareholders' rights

* Columbia University invites applications to Human Rights Advocates
Program 2008 (deadline 9 Oct)
- Focus areas include: Environment, labour, development, abuses by
multinational corporations

* Job announcement, Vodafone: Interim Senior Corporate Responsibility
Manager - issue areas include human rights, supply chain, freedom of

* Espa�ol: Chile: Programa de TV relata dura realidad de mujeres
trabajadores en la agroindustria

* Espa�ol: Per�: Vecinos de Tekno Qu�mica piden la reubicaci�n de la
f�brica por representar "peligro a la salud humana"

* Espa�ol: Argentina: Estudio dice que escoria dejada por Metal Huasi
en Abra Pampa causa que 81% de ni�os tenga plomo en su cuerpo

* Espa�ol: Colombia: Empresarios proponen la creaci�n de una mesa
nacional de responsabilidad social empresarial para "garantizar el
cumplimiento de las metas del milenio"

* Fran�ais : France : A�roports de Paris condamn� pour licenciement

* Fran�ais : Google, HP, IBM visent � diminuer la consommation
d'�nergie de leurs centres serveurs pour r�duire leur impact climatique

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