Thursday, May 1, 2008

Business & human rights: Weekly Update - May 1, 2008

From the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre:
Weekly Update: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - 30 Apr 2008

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* "Survey of Scope & Patterns of Alleged Corporate-Related Human Rights Abuse": Report prepared for John Ruggie
- final version will be Appendix 2 to his UN Human Rights Council report

* Interview with UN Special Representative John Ruggie about his work & recommendations

* Commentary on Ruggie's 2008 report by Robert Senser, Human Rights for Workers

* Economist article on business & human rights, report by John Ruggie

* USA: "Toxic 100" list of top air polluters, by Political Economy Research Institute, Univ. of Massachusetts - we invited top 10 to respond
- responses by Archer Daniels Midland, Dow, Du Pont, ExxonMobil GE, Kodak, Nissan, US Steel
- Arcelor Mittal and Bayer have not yet responded - we will indicate in next week's Update whether they do

* "Human Rights: Everybody's Business" - Mary Robinson

* India: Titan Industries' initiatives to help disabled people

* Spain: Video footage of assaults by security companies' guards working in Madrid subway triggers criminal investigation

* Authors call on Tesco to drop libel actions against critics in Thailand, saying it is stifling freedom of expression
- article includes Tesco response

* Sasol, expanding into countries criticised for their human rights records, adopts more systematic approach to human rights

* Transparency Intl. says most oil & gas multinationals fall short on revenue disclosure, hampering efforts to fight poverty
- report surveys 42 companies

* "The Future of Corporate Responsibility", by Georg Kell, UN Global Compact

* DHL's logistical support helps Mercy Corps deliver medicines to underserved Iraqis

* Burma: EarthRights says Chevron "financing & profiting from human rights abuses"
- Reuters article includes company response

* Report prepared for John Ruggie: "State Responsibilities to Regulate and Adjudicate Corporate Activities under Inter-American Human Rights System"

* Why are children's rights an issue for investors?

* USA: Seventh Generation to train students on activism with Greenpeace

* Morocco: Mattress factory fire kills 55 - owner, manager detained

* Summary report of UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate meeting

* Credit Suisse donates $1 million to UNICEF, after reports of child labour in Pakistan used for its football promotion scheme

* Español: España: Prosegur, Casesa y Falcon Seguridad presuntamente implicadas en agresiones físicas en el metro de Madrid - empresas responden

* Español: Bolivia: Denuncian que más de 8000 niños trabajan en zafras de azúcar en Santa Cruz "sin remuneración alguna"

* Español: Entrevista a Mauricio Lazala, director para Latinoamérica del Centro de Información sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos

* Español: Colombia: Empresa de alimentos Frisby impulsa formación educativa de niños pobres

* Español: Avanza en EE.UU. causa abierta contra Mercedes-Benz por su supuesta participación en desapariciones de obreros durante la dictadura en Argentina

* Español: Colombia: Amnistía Internacional emite acción urgente por amenazas de muerte contra sindicalistas opuestos a minería en Bolívar

* Español: Argentina: Manpower firma convenio marco para prevenir y erradicar el trabajo infantil

* Français : Maroc : 55 personnes périssent dans un incendie à l'usine de matelas Rosamor - les portes étaient verrouillées

* Français : Adidas insiste sur l'importance des droits de l'homme mais maintient son engagement pour les JO de Pékin

* Français : Compagnies pétrolières et gazières ne sont pas assez transparentes, freinant la lutte contre la pauvreté (Transparency Intl.)

* Français : Credit Suisse fait verser CHF 1 million à l'UNICEF après avoir découvert que des ballons promotionels auraient pu être fabriqués par des enfants

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