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UN Working Group on business & human rights undertakes mission to Azerbaijan (18-27 Aug)
  • Human Rights Watch calls for country's suspension from Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative given repression of civil society groups
Asia & Pacific
Europe & Central Asia
Middle East & North Africa
New on Human Rights Defenders: Reminder: UN Working Group State survey on UN Guiding Principles & online public consultation on national action plans open until 1 Sep

"The Price We Pay" documentary on human rights impacts of corporate tax avoidance

Filmoption International

Business and Human Rights Reporting and Assurance Frameworks Initiative (RAFI) publishes take-aways from consultations in Jan-Jul 2014

Critical analysis of Thun Group of Banks' discussion paper on UN Guiding Principles

Damiano De Felice, London School of Economics & Political Science

  • we invited Thun Group to respond - response provided
Report on findings of Global Compact & ICMM good practice workshop on indigenous peoples & mining operations

International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)

  • includes experiences from Newmont, Kennecott, Rio Tinto
Allens law firm considers implications for companies of binding treaty on business & human rights
Tanzania: MiningWatch Canada & RAID allege violence by police guarding African Barrick Gold's mine, based on interviews with victims
  • we invited African Barrick Gold to respond - response provided
So. Sudan: Govt. declines Global Witness' appeal for moratorium on oil contracts to avoid escalation of conflict

East African (Kenya)

So. Africa: Human rights groups say mining Lekgotla fails to acknowledge & address key challenges in extractive sector

Centre for Environmental Rights (CER), Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC)

  • call for more transparency & inclusion of affected stakeholders
Nigeria: Dangote Foundation donates N150 million to Ebola Centre to help treat patients

Premium Times (Nigeria)

Zimbabwe: People working & living in mining communities six times more at risk of contracting tuberculosis - govt. to plan interventions

Herald (Zimbabwe)

Guatemala: Communities denounce violent clashes after CGN restarts operations despite alleged human rights abuses

Guardian (UK)

  • we invited GCN (Compañía Guatemalteca de Níquel) to respond - it did not do so
Commentary: Lawsuit against Hudbay in Canada may open new avenue to claims for abuses committed abroad

Foreign Policy in Focus (USA)

World Bank’s Ombudsman criticises International Finance Corporation (IFC) for second time this year over investments in Honduras linked to human rights abuses by companies


  • IFC invested in Fiochsa bank, whose clients include palm oil company Dinant linked to killings & other abuses
  • IFC comments included
New York City Comptroller urges Ralph Lauren to report to shareholders on its process to assess human rights risks to workers
  • cites company's refusal to sign Bangladesh Accord on Fire & Building Safety
Brazil: Court orders Petrobras to indemnify fishermen afected by oil spill at Guanabara Bay
  • article only in Portuguese: Brasil: Justiça determina que Petrobrás indenize pescadores por obras na Baía de Guanabara
Asia & Pacific
Response by Thai Pineapple Industry Association to appeal of over 100 organizations to urge its member, Natural Fruit, to drop cases filed against human rights defender Andy Hall
  • original response in Thai; unofficial English translation provided
  • NGO rejoinders: Finnwatch; Intl. Labor Rights Forum; Lawyer’s Rights Watch Canada; State Enterprise Workers’ Relations Confederation of Thailand (in Thai; unofficial English translation provided)
Cambodia: Thai Human Rights Commissioner backs villagers’ claims of land confiscation, other abuses by Mitr Phol Sugar, which supplied Coca-Cola

Cambodia Daily

Vietnam: Govt. scraps 12 planned dam projects citing low economic benefits & high social, environmental risks

Thanh Nien News (Vietnam)

Malaysia: Govt. collaborating with companies to boost female participation in workforce by increasing child-care facilities

Jakarta Globe (Indonesia)

Taiwan: 1,500 Suao fishermen protest against Ho-ping Power Plant claiming pollution is jeopardising livelihoods - company says it will respond to demands

Taipei Times (Taiwan)

  • 台湾: 近千渔民抗议和平电厂污染海域影响生计; 电厂作回应
  • 台灣: 近千漁民抗議和平電廠污染海域影響生計; 電廠作回應
China: Govt. requires Burger King, Carl's Jr., Dicos, McDonald's, Yum Brands, to publicise supplier information

China Daily

China: Nike supplier Qilitian’s relocation plan sparks strike by 300 workers over compensation - includes company comments

China Labor Watch

China: Apple bans 2 hazardous chemicals from supply chain following NGO campaigns
  • China Labor Watch welcomes commitment, which involves 22 iPhone and iPad production plants, mainly in China - says test will be in implementation
Europe & Central Asia
Bulgaria: Govt. checks poultry farm after occupational death, finds workers without employment contracts

Novinite (Bulgaria)

11% of UK businesses polled say it's “likely” modern slavery exists in their supply chains

Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) in Guardian (UK)

UK: Companies in cleaning industry fail to protect key rights of workers, Equality and Human Rights Commission report finds

UK: Researchers say introduction of employment tribunal fees has "severely limited access to justice for workers"

Guardian (UK)

Middle East & North Africa
Egypt: Independent union members reinstated at Cadbury Alexandria following campaign by unions & rights organizations


  • 5 union members were suspended in July 2012 - previous responses from Mondelez International on concerns about the dismissal of these union workers provided
  • IUF & Mondelez International welcome the settlement of the dispute
Business and the Gaza conflict - calls for companies linked with abuses to cut ties

Aljazeera America, Avaaz, Daily Mail (UK), Doro-Chiba, JTA

Company responses Non-responses
Forthcoming events:
  • socially responsible and sustainable business courses (online)
  • workshop addressing adverse human rights impacts (Melbourne, 25 Aug)
  • conference on ecological sustainability and social equity (Leipzig, 2 Sep)
  • "The Hague Conference on Business and Human Security" (The Hague, 2 Sep)
  • due diligence in the private security industry - webinar (9 Sep)
  • corporations, global food system and human rights (Oslo, 11-12 Sep)
  • workshop: practical guide to business and human rights (London, 17 Sep)
  • conference on corporate social responsibility and the legal profession (London,18-19 Sep)
  • capacity-building workshop on business & human rights in Tanzania (Dar es Salaam, 18-19 Aug)
  • course on implementation of UNGPs by businesses (Frankfurt, 23 Sep)
  • business engagement workshop on IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (Washington DC, 25 Sep) 
  • training course on stakeholder engagement (Frankfurt, 25 Sep)
  • course on preventing community conflict (Barcelona, 1 Oct)
  • "International Tax Avoidance, Tax Evasion and Tax Justice" (Barcelona, 2-3 Oct)
  • short course on business, conflict and peace (Basel, 6-10 Oct)

Details of these and future events can be found here
Please send relevant event information to Sam Whannel:
We are a recruiting a Middle East & North Africa Researcher (deadline 31 Aug) and a Corporate Accountability and Communications Officer (deadline 28 Aug)

Current vacancies: please send job announcements to Sam Whannel:
further details and other recently posted jobs available here
Nueva sección en español en nuestro sitio web: “Defensores de derechos humanos”

Centro de Información sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos (CIEDH)

  • Incluye últimas noticias, e información por país, tipo de abuso, asuntos, pasos positivos, normatividad internacional y reportes claves
Guatemala: Indígenas denuncian enfrentamientos tras reapertura de mina de la CGN; mina reabre a pesar de supuestos abusos de derechos humanos

Guardian (en Servindi)

  • Invitamos a CGN a responder - la empresa no respondió
México: Red de organizaciones opositoras a la minería se pronuncia frente “al peor desastre minero en Canadá”

Movimiento Mesoamericano contra el Modelo Extractivo Minero (M4)

  • Se refiere al derrame en la mina Mount Polley de la empresa Imperial Metals
América Latina: Investigación de CEPAL y GIZ sobre igualdad de género en la industria del software y servicios informáticos

Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO)

MTV, Telefónica y Altos Hornos de México se unen en campaña para un país sin trabajo infantil

Venezuela: Tras violentos enfrentamientos, trabajadores de Sidor logran mejoras laborales

El Venezolano; Nueva Prensa; El Correo del Orinoco

La CGT (France) interroge Thales sur ses relations commerciales avec des entreprises israéliennes et l’utilisation finale des équipements vendus
  • Nous avons invité Thales à répondre - sa réponse est disponible
Le Tchad porte plainte contre la CNPC pour dégradation de l’environnement et mise en danger de la vie d’autrui - la compagnie rejette toutes les accusations

Le Griot (Burkina Faso)

Côte d'Ivoire : Fair Labor Association évalue les mesures prises par Nestlé pour lutter contre le travail des enfants dans sa chaîne d'approvisionnement

AIP (Agence ivoirienne de presse)

Côte d'Ivoire : Des victimes attendent encore d'être indemnisées sept ans après le déversement des déchets toxiques à Abidjan par le Probo Koala (Côte d'Ivoire)

Un rapport d’ONG accuse le Nigéria et Shell de ne pas avoir nettoyé la pollution pétrolière dans la région où vivent les Ogoni

AFP & Le Monde (France)

  • La réponse de Shell est également disponible (seulement en anglais)
Inde : Les entreprises tenues de créer des comités internes sur le harcèlement sexuel pour traiter les plaintes des employées

Novethic (France)

Des études scientifiques montrent les effets nocifs pour la santé et l’environnement de produits chimiques utilisés pour l’exploitation du gaz de schiste

AFP & Le Monde (France)

Oxfam se félicite de l’engagement de General Mills de lutter contre le changement climatique dans ses chaînes d’approvisionnement


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