Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Business & human rights: weekly update -- May 27, 2009

Weekly Update: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre - 27 May 2009

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* Environmental NGOs say ArcelorMittal "continues" to destroy environment, risk people's lives and displace communities in seven countries
- ArcelorMittal response

* UN Special Representative John Ruggie: Preliminary research template for project on corporate law in 40 jurisdictions - examining its implications for human rights

* "Alaska: A case of global proportions" - Al Jazeera film on lawsuit against oil firms over climate change

* Traxys says it will stop buying minerals from eastern Dem. Rep. of Congo, following pressure from UN & human rights groups

* Amazon Watch & Save America's Forests report urges ConocoPhillips to withdraw from Peruvian Amazon concession, citing human rights, environmental concerns
- ConocoPhillips response

* Sri Lanka: GlaxoSmithKline partners with NGO to empower people with disabilities

* UNIFEM & UN Global Compact: Call for comments on "Guiding Principles for Business to Advance Women" - deadline 15 June

* Bangladesh: National Labor Committee appeals to Metro Group not to "cut and run" from supplier RL Denim following allegations of labor abuses
- Metro Group has indicated they will respond following completion of its investigation

* Saro-Wiwa lawsuit in New York against Shell over 1995 execution of Nigerian activists postponed until next week

* "Natural Resource Charter" launched in Oslo - principles for using opportunities created by natural resources to reduce poverty

* "Mining for Disclosure" - Sea Change radio interviews Bennett Freeman of Calvert, Arvind Ganesan of Human Rights Watch on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

* "The Copenhagen Call": Business leaders call for global climate treaty that sets bold targets for carbon emissions

* Saudi women press govt. for greater equality in business

* Nepali sailors contracted by Singapore labour contractor Beverly Agency say they were severely abused & denied food at sea
- Beverly Agency denies claims

* 8 power firms in US, Canada & India partner with Google in energy-saving initiative

* USA: Investigation into Colgan Air crash, which killed 50, points to pilot fatigue & inadequate crew training
- Colgan Air statement provided

* NGO says European gas companies investing in Equatorial Guinea are taking "huge reputational risk"

* Ecuadorian indigenous lawsuit against Chevron over health & environment: - Economist article: "Justice or extortion?"
- letter to Economist editor by Prof Joan Martinez-Alier
- Financial Times: "Chevron expected to come under fire over lawsuit in Ecuador" at its annual meeting
- interview with Chevron's general counsel about human rights, environmental concerns

* UK: 1st female president-nominee of Confederation of British Industry says boardroom diversity can combat "groupthink" that contributed to economic downturn - commentary says diversity not enough
- report on need for training women to make them "board-ready"

* No. America: Mining Mini-grants Program to support communities' efforts to assure that mining does not adversely affect their "human, cultural, ecological health" - next deadlines 1 Jun, 1 Oct

* Invitation: Reception with Prof John Ruggie, UN Special Representative on business & human rights (London, 3 Jun)

* Panel discussion: "What Not to Wear: Cotton and child slavery" (Amnesty UK, London, 9 Jun)

* Job announcement: Executive Director, Global Network Initiative (deadline 31 Jul)

* Español: Colombia: Orgs. demandarán a Drummond por haber pagado "protección" a paramilitares que asesinaron a más de 220 personas

* Español: Guatemala: Marchan contra Montana Exploradora por supuestos daños a la salud y el medio ambiente
- Representante de empresas niega las alegaciones

* Español: Panamá: Campesinos exigen cierre de minera Petaquilla Gold por "devastar" ríos y aire y "transgredir" derechos de comunidades
- Presidente de Minera Panamá afirma que su empresa es responsable

* Español: Colombia: Cemex pagará arrendamiento de casas para 70 familias desalojadas por alud en sector donde realiza excavaciones

* Español: Pacto Mundial de la ONU & UNIFEM: "El avance de la mujer: principios básicos para el Sector Corporativo"
- Incluye información (disponible solo en inglés) sobre la consulta global; fecha límite el 15 de junio

* Español: Chile: G4S despide a guardias involucrados en golpiza a mendigo en un centro comercial

* Español: Foro internacional sobre petróleo, salud, justicia ambiental y derechos humanos (17-18 junio, Ecuador)

* Español: España: Grupo Antena 3 exigirá a sus proveedores no incurrir en condiciones laborales precarias ni discriminatorias

* Français : * Français : Pacte Mondiale et UNIFEM : « Faire progresser la place des femmes : Recommandations pour les entreprises »
- Aussi disponible: Des informations (seulement en anglais) sur une consultation globale - date limite 15 juin

* Français : Afrique de l'ouest : Coalition d'ONG demande la mise en œuvre de la directive de la Cedeao sur les politiques minières pour promouvoir la transparence

* Français : Nouvelle étude de Harvard revoit le rôle des Centres de distribution manuelle de Coca-Cola dans le développement

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