Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Business & human rights: Weekly Update - January 16, 2007

From the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre:
Weekly Update: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - 16 January

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

* Compilation of all documents prepared by or for UN Special
Representative John Ruggie

* Intl. Council on Mining & Metals - 3rd submission to John Ruggie
- Statement by Ruggie on ICMM submission

* Tesco bans Uzbek cotton due to use of organised, forced child labour

* Investors warn 78 UN Global Compact companies they are "breaching
pledges" by failing to produce progress reports

* Adalah-NY (Coalition for Justice in the Middle East) asks Oxfam not
to accept donations from Lev Leviev due to alleged abuses in Occupied
Territories, Angola, New York, sourcing from Burma
- Oxfam says Leviev has not donated - Oxfam does not "knowingly accept
funds from any business involved in any illegal activity"
- Lev Leviev response

* India: TERI report commissioned by Coca-Cola says some of its
bottling plants contribute to water scarcity, generally they meet govt.
standards on pollutants
- Coca-Cola commits to take the report's recommendations on board
- Centre for Science & Environment says TERI did not test final product
- soft drinks may still contain pesticides

* Tanzania wins £3m damages from Biwater subsidiary - London tribunal
finds water services "deteriorated" under its management

* USA: Cases of racial harassment in workplace have doubled since early

* adidas publishes list of its global suppliers - global textile union
welcomes move

* Nigeria: Govt. sues three tobacco companies alleging they target
children & put pressure on health services

* Tiffany provides funding for TransFair USA to explore feasibility of
fair trade diamond certification

* CERES ranks finance firms on climate strategies: HSBC, ABN Amro score
highest; Bear Stearns, Franklin Resources lowest

* Responses by Singer, Full Start to concerns about labour abuses in
production of crucifixes in China (further to our 19 Dec Update)

* Job vacancy: Africa Regional Coordinator for Publish What You Pay
(deadline 31 Jan)

* Job vacancy: Campaigner against "egregious" industrial projects in
Guatemala (deadline 21 Jan)

* Español: México: Gobierno de Chihuahua retirará apoyo económico a
empresas agrícolas que contraten a menores

* Español: Colombia: AngloGold Ashanti opera en zona donde se han
cometido crímenes relacionados a oposición a actividad minera - comentarios
de la empresa

* Español: Reporte sobre gestión de la diversidad en empresas españolas
destaca las buenas prácticas en Caja Madrid, Marco Aldany, HP, IBM y

* Español: Perú: Pasajera herida en accidente denunciará a PeruRail por
carecer de medidas de seguridad - empresa niega las acusaciones

* Español: España: El Real Madrid y 5 entidades lanzan "Causas Justas",
empezando con mensajes por la integración social de los inmigrantes

* Français : Soudan : Inquiétudes en raison de risques sanitaires &
environnementaux à cause du boom de la construction à Khartoum

* Français : Côte d'Ivoire : Elus américains insistent sur la date
limite de juillet 2008 pour réduire le travail des enfants sur les
plantations de cacao

* Français : Afrique : Société financière internationale trouve que le
secteur privé est le seul prestataire de soins de santé dans beaucoup
de régions rurales et de quartiers urbains défavorisés

* Français : Annonce de travail : Coordinateur Régional pour l'Afrique
de Publiez Ce Que Vous Payez (date limite 31 Jan)

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