Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Business & human rights: Weekly Update - September 10, 2008

From the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre:
Weekly Update: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - 10 Sep 2008

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* Commentary on Chevron's stance in Ecuador environmental lawsuit, by Daniel Taillant (Center for Human Rights & Environment - Argentina)
- Chevron response

* Commentary in USA Today says NBC's Olympics coverage gave "narrow view of China" by skirting human rights issues
- we invited NBC to respond but it has not done so

* USA: Some employers assisting transgender workers - includes example at Hewitt Associates

* John Ruggie comments on OECD guidelines decision against Afrimex (further to our 3 Sep Update)

* So. Africa: President of Chamber of Mines supports proposal to make mine executives accountable for safety

* Commentary: Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Cisco & others will face "unprecedented scrutiny" of behaviour in China following the Olympics

* Norway's pension fund excludes Rio Tinto over environmental impacts of Grasberg mine (Freeport-Rio Tinto joint venture in West Papua, Indonesia)
- includes response by Rio Tinto

* Jordan: Private hospitals deny accusations of discrimination against foreigners

* Tanzania: British Airways-UNICEF programme aims to curb mother-to-child HIV infection

* Human Rights Watch says disabled face employment discrimination in China, even as Paralympics launch in Beijing

* Realizing Rights' "Decent Work" events:
- Oslo conference, 5 Sep: Speakers include Mary Robinson, ILO head Juan Somavia, WTO head Pascal Lamy, officials from Gap, World Economic Forum (includes webcast)
- Monrovia high-level forum, 8-9 Sep, with Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf & Labour Minister Samuel Kofi Woods

* Tesco CEO outlines business case for reducing carbon emissions

* Dem. Rep. of Congo: Global Witness says firms must stop sourcing from mines controlled by armed groups or risk complicity

* Security industry: Feasibility study by Intl. Peace Institute on intl. standards implementation & enforcement framework - open for comments until 30 Sep

* Conference on "Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Responsibilities for Human Rights, and International Law" (Copenhagen 6-7 Nov)

* Award for best sustainability report in No. America - Ceres calls for nominees

* Job announcement: Business & Human Rights Program Officer, Intl. Federation for Human Rights, Paris (deadline 10 Oct)

* Español: Corte de EE.UU. cita a Mercedes Benz a audiencia por demanda alegando complicidad de la empresa con desapariciones en Argentina

* Español: España: Sindicato UGT detecta riesgos químicos en un 89% de empresas del sector industrial

* Español: Colombia: Distrito de Bogotá y empresarios lanzan proyecto para mejorar la calidad del aire y del agua

* Español: Argentina: Gobierno promete erradicar el trabajo infantil para el 2015

* Español: Ecuador: Premio Goldman exige la reparación de los daños que Texaco/Chevron ocasionó en el Amazonas

* Español: Colombia: En 2007 hubo 310 muertes laborales y casi medio millón de accidentes

* Español: Chile: Gobierno crea sello "Iguala" para certificar que empresas promueven la equidad de género

* Español: EE.UU.: Empleados transgénero reciben "protección y asistencia" de muchas empresas - incluye ejemplo de Hewitt Associates

* Français : Fonds d'investissements norvégien exclut Rio Tinto à cause de préoccupations écologiques

* Français : Telenor, de nouveau accusé de faire travailler des enfants au Bangladesh
- avec réponse de Telenor (seulement disponible en anglais)

* Français : Rép. dém. du Congo: Selon Global Witness, des entreprises qui achètent des minerais de zones contrôlées par des groupes armés risquent de se rendre complices

* Français : Rép. dém. du Congo : Rapport d'un atelier de formation pour une exploitation minière et pétrolière responsable, avec participation du gouvernement, des ONG & des entreprises

* Français : Les tribunaux américains tranchent en défaveur d'ExxonMobil, poursuivi pour complicité présumée dans des cas de torture & de meurtre en Indonésie

* Français : Offre d'emploi : Chargé de programme "Entreprises et droits de l'Homme", FIDH, Paris (date limite 10 octobre 2008)

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