Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Business & human rights: Weekly Update - April 16, 2008

From the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre:
Weekly Update: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - 16 Apr 2008

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* adidas suppliers in China:

- Allegations of rigged union election at Shunda factory, decline in
working conditions since adidas acquired Reebok
- adidas responds, disputing the allegations

- Report by Sunday Times (UK) alleges labour abuses at adidas suppliers
in Fuzhou, including Shunda factory
- adidas responds - says article contains "erroneous conclusions"

* Florida, USA: Coalition of Immokalee Workers calls on Burger King to
support better living & working conditions for tomato pickers
- Burger King responds
- US Senate hearing on working conditions of Florida tomato pickers

* Kenya: Over 50 hotels sign code of conduct aimed at protecting
children from sexual exploitation

* Ecuador: Court-appointed expert says Chevron should pay $7-16 billion
to compensate for pollution; Chevron rejects expert's conclusions
- Lawyers representing indigenous peoples in Chevron case win Goldman
Environmental Prize; Chevron responds

* "Corporate Responsibilities for Access to Medicines" - paper by Klaus
Leisinger, Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development

* "Sudan's Oil Industry - Facts and Analysis" - Dossier by 2 NGO

* Coca-Cola under increasing pressure from human rights groups over
Beijing Olympics sponsorship
- includes comments by Coca-Cola

* ILO highlights improvement in workplace attitudes toward HIV/AIDS -
credits written policies, use of ILO Code of Practice

* Conference Board finds more companies creating programmes to help
employees deal with HIV/AIDS

* Erinys response to War on Want allegations of abuses in Iraq

* Coalition files shareholder resolutions with Citigroup, JPMorgan
Chase, Wells Fargo - calls on them to urge oil companies they invest in to
press Sudanese Govt. over Darfur
- also provided: banks' responses in proxy statements

* Global Reporting Initiative says companies should go further on human
rights reporting

* China: Former businessman John Kamm says companies' relationships
with govt. can be put to good use for human rights, "but most
businesspeople don't want to"

* USA: Nursing homes pressure patients to sign arbitration clauses, to
limit companies' liability on claims that negligence led to injury or

* Job announcement for Danish Institute for Human Rights: Advisor,
Human Rights & Business Project (deadline 16 May)

* Innovest & Inter-American Development Bank launch index of companies
that address needs of the poor - top firms in initial ranking are Banco
Bradesco, Grupo ACP, Paralife, Unibanco, Cemex

* Espa�ol: Honduras: "Seguridad privada, un gran ej�rcito sin control"

* Espa�ol: La OIT observa una mejora en las actitudes hacia el VIH/SIDA
en el ambiente laboral

* Espa�ol: Chile: Minor�as sexuales aplauden las medidas
antidisriminatorias de la nueva justicia laboral

* Espa�ol: Doe Run Per� pierde la certificaci�n ISO 14001 por gesti�n

* Fran�ais : Le Bureau International du Travail constate un progr�s
significatif dans les attitudes � l'�gard du VIH/Sida sur les lieux de

* Fran�ais : Coalition Publiez Ce Que Vous Payez applaudit l'effort de
la Banque Mondiale pour �largir l'Initiative de la Transparence dans
les Industries Extractives - demande l'implication de la soci�t� civile

* Fran�ais : France : Cas de discrimination raciale & sexiste contre
Bosch repasse devant les prud'hommes de Lyon

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