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Business & human rights: Weekly Update - November 12, 2008

From the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre:
Weekly Update: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - 12 Nov 2008

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* Special event in London, 2 Dec: Jody Kollapen, Chair, South African Human Rights Commission, on "Human rights and business: South Africa and beyond"
- Hosted by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - RSVP if you would like to attend

* London Mining Network says BHP Billiton failed to respond to social & environmental concerns at annual meeting - cases from Philippines, Indonesia, Guatemala, Colombia
- BHP Billiton response

* Philippines: CAFOD report on impact of proposed BHP Billiton, AMCOR project on local livelihoods & environment
- BHP Billiton response
- We have tried to contact AMCOR - we will indicate in a future Update if it responds

* 60th anniversary of Universal Declaration: Human rights initiatives by BASF, Barloworld, Novartis, Ketchum, Titan

* Guatemala: Rights Action says human rights impact assessment for Goldcorp is "pre-determined"
- Response by Intl. Alert, peer reviewer of the impact assessment

* IFC, IBLF, UN Global Compact launch process for companies to integrate human rights into social & environmental impact assessments

* "Following The Trail Of Toxic E-Waste" from US to China - refers to Executive Recycling
- Executive Recycling response

* NGO says Chiquita's political connections in Colombia & USA contribute to stalling of case against firm for payments to paramilitaries
- Chiquita sent a 2007 statement on the paramilitary payments in response

* Philippines: Dole Foods supports communities with health, education, environment programmes (US Department of State report)

* Call for So. Korean companies operating in Vietnam to improve their labour rights conduct

* Nigerians file suit against Shell in Dutch court; allege company was negligent in cleaning up oil spills

* Chile: Barrick Gold announces partnership with 3 NGOs to address poverty in Atacama region

* Jamaica: NGO coalition urges ban on companies' HIV/AIDS tests of potential workers

* NGO report on UK National Contact Point for OECD Guidelines calls for stronger regulation of companies operating abroad

* FairPensions survey of 30 UK asset management firms concludes there is insufficient concern for environmental & social factors

* "International Labor Migration: A Responsible Role for Business" - report by Business for Social Responsibility

* US court says Bhopal water pollution claims against Union Carbide can proceed

* New lawsuit summary profiles: Occidental re alleged complicity with human rights abuses by Colombian Govt.; Coca-Cola re alleged racial discrimination in USA

* Call for papers: "Accountability in a Global Economy", Business Ethics Quarterly - due 1 Dec

* Job vacancy: Policy research assistant, Bretton Woods Project & UK Aid Network (London, deadline 24 Nov)

* Español: Paraguay: ONG denuncia que destrucción de bosque por parte de empresa brasilera Yaguarete Pora podría causar extinción de indígenas aislados

* Español: Colombia: ONG sostiene que "impunidad" de Chiquita en caso de pagos a paramilitares se debe al tráfico de influencias
- Respuesta de Chiquita (en inglés)

* Español: Chile: Barrick Gold anuncia alianza con 3 ONGs para reducir la pobreza en la zona de Atacama

* Español: Ecuador: 2 muertos en empresa Incasa es ejemplo de faltas en medidas de seguridad en fábricas de Quito

* Español: España: Presentan Centro de Información del Comportamiento Empresarial (CICE) - "denunciará" comportamientos "irresponsables" de empresas españolas

* Español: México: Agencia ambiental de Tamaulipas presiona a maquiladora Nieng Sing para que deje de contaminar

* Español: BBVA negará créditos a las empresas que contaminen mucho

* Español: Ecuador: Comunidades indígenas y campesinas piden a Canadá no emprender proyectos mineros a gran escala

* Español: Brasil: Movimientos sociales y ambientales organizan protesta contra conferencia oficial sobre biocombustibles, alegando que éstos "obstaculizan" la soberanía alimentaria y energética

* Français : Confédération générale des entreprises du Maroc : Label pour la responsabilité sociale

* Français : République du Congo: L'OMS lance un appel au secteur privé pour l'amélioration de la situation sanitaire du pays

* Français : Guinée : Certaines sociétés minières mettent en place des programmes VIH/SIDA - plaident pour un partenariat public-privé

* Français : Réouverture du procès contre Union Carbide aux États-Unis pour la pollution des eaux au Bhopal

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