Friday, December 5, 2008

Business & human rights: Weekly Update - December 3, 2008

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* World AIDS Day: Steps companies are taking to address the crisis

* Indonesia: ILO study finds many companies discriminate against people with AIDS

* Caritas calls for pharmaceutical firms to develop affordable AIDS drugs specifically for children

* Aspen Institute report on HIV/AIDS teaching in business schools

* Keith Slack of Oxfam America says companies should seek community consent, not just social license
- Article mentions Shell in Philippines - community consent efforts may have saved $72 million in avoided project delays

* Reminder: Intl. Seminar on Business & Human Rights, Paris, 4-5 December
- Speakers include Irene Khan, Jody Kollapen, Mary Robinson, John Ruggie

* Jury clears Chevron in trial in USA over alleged complicity with shootings in Nigeria - plaintiffs say they will appeal
- Analysis by Anthony Sebok, Cardozo Law School
- Summary profile of lawsuit by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

* Ecuador: New proposal to protect rainforest, indigenous people from oil exploitation by selling carbon credits to companies

* Health officials from 160 countries adopt guidelines limiting tobacco industry influence on govts.

* Unilever divests from factory in Israeli settlement in West Bank
- Dutch NGOs including Oxfam Novib, Pax Christi, welcome move

* Ecuador: Court environmental expert raises estimate of Chevron's potential liability by $11 billion

* Español: Ecuador: Perito judicial eleva cálculo de daños en demanda ambiental y de salud contra Texaco/Chevron a 27.000 millones de dólares

* Español: México: Proponen en el Congreso veda de productos chinos por razones humanitarias

* Español: Ecuador: Nueva propuesta busca evitar explotación de petróleo y promover desarrollo social a través de certificados de carbono

* Español: MTV Latinoamérica promueve campaña multimedia en observación al Día Mundial del Sida

* Français : Chevron acquitté de complicité d'atteinte aux droits de l'homme au Nigeria

* Français : Rappel : Séminaire International Entreprises et Droits de l'Homme, 4-5 décembre à Paris

* Français : Journée de lutte contre le sida : groupes touristiques Accor, Air France, Club Med se mobilisent au Sénégal

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