Thursday, September 13, 2007

Business & human rights: Weekly Update - September 12, 2007

From the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre:
Weekly Update: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - 12 September

CLICK THIS LINK FOR ALL TOP STORIES added past 7 days / Principales
noticias / Articles de premier plan:

The top stories include / Las noticias incluyen / Les articles

* Merowe dam, Sudan: UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing
concerned about forced evictions, other abuses
- Responses by Alstom, Lahmeyer
- We have also invited Harbin to respond. We will indicate in next
week's Update whether it has responded.

* Death of Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop, 10 Sep 2007
- Tributes, including by John Morrison: "She was perhaps the first CEO
ever to put the words business and human rights into the same sentence"

* "How to take the wrong approach to business and human rights":
Ethical Corporation editor comments on ESCR-Net survey
- Response by ESCR-Net: "How to Take the Wrong Approach to Informed
- Comment by Legal Director of EarthRights International

* Women in media in 4 African countries develop code of conduct for
reporting on children, including sexual abuse

* Inter-American Commission asks Peruvian Govt. to take steps to
protect health of La Oroya inhabitants from Doe Run contamination

* Philips CEO: "Access to quality healthcare is a basic human right"

* US mutual funds called on to divest from CNPC, PetroChina over Darfur
- includes responses by Fidelity, Franklin Templeton, Vanguard

* Robert Reich's "Supercapitalism" argues CSR is "dangerous diversion",
govts. are responsible for regulating companies: Reviews &

* USA: Human Rights Watch concerned that Smithfield still denies union
rights, urges FTSE4good to remove Smithfield from index (further to our
29 Aug Update)
- We will invite Smithfield to provide a response

* USA: "6 years after Sept. 11, Muslims see more inclusive workplaces"
- positive steps by JPMorgan Chase, IBM

* China: CSR Asia analysis of "collective contracts" between companies
& their workers, under new labour law

* Africa: Ericsson partners with UN & Earth Institute to bring mobile
phone access to over 400,000 poor

* Español: Perú: Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos pide
medidas urgentes para proteger a La Oroya ante contaminación de Doe Run

* Español: España: Siniestralidad laboral se duplica en Álava tras
muerte de segundo trabajador herido en accidente en la empresa Bionor

* Español: Argentina: Edenor entrega 2 viviendas energéticamente
eficientes a familias pobres como parte de proyecto piloto

* Español: España: Informe de UE reporta sobre casos de discriminación
racial y xenofobia en el ámbito laboral

* Español: Argentina: Clausuran refinería de Shell por contaminación
- Shell presentará en un plan de saneamiento para que el gobierno
levante la clausura

* Français : Appel aux fonds d'investissement américains de vendre
leurs actions dans CNPC, PetroChina à cause du Darfur - avec réponses des

* Français : Havas annonce sa neutralité carbone, promet de réduire ses
émissions, mais il « manque un plan opérationnel pour y arriver »,
selon Novethic

* Français : Dyncorp est le sujet d'un procès aux Etats-Unis par des
indigènes équatoriens fumigués d'herbicide anti-cocaïne

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