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Weekly Update - 10 June 2015

Lead Story
Norwegian govt. pension fund to sell off coal investments in biggest divestment move for climate change

Guardian (UK); New York Times; Greenpeace Nordic

(Photo credit: Arnold Paul)
Other recent news on climate change, business & human rights:
Asia & Pacific
Europe & Central Asia
Middle East & North Africa

"Our Resources, Our Rights": Report on assembly & association rights in the context of natural resource exploitation

UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association

  • with recommendations for states & companies
Société Générale signs global agreement with UNI Global Union on human rights & freedom of association
  • first major French bank to sign global framework agreement
UK OECD Natl. Contact Point releases final statement in complaint filed against G4S alleging its involvement in Israeli abuses against Palestinians

Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR)

  • finds G4S not adequately meeting obligation to seek to address impacts of its business relationships with Israeli agencies
  • did not find broad failure by G4S to respect human rights 
  • also provided: commentary by LPHR and statement by G4S
Enough Project praises Apple & Intel for showing leadership on US conflict minerals reporting

Information note for NGOs on 1st session of UN Intergovt. Working Group on proposed treaty on business & human rights (6-10 Jul)

Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Dem. Rep. of Congo: Avocats Sans Frontières welcomes start of trial against Siforco over abuses by security forces Sierra Leone: Allegations of grave human rights abuses levelled against African Minerals

SOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations)

  • alleged abuses include lack of adequate compensation & loss of livelihoods due to relocation
  • we invited Shandong Iron & Steel, which now owns African Minerals' iron mining project, to respond - it declined
Niger is first country to ratify new ILO protocol on modern slavery


Ecuador: Conflicts continue six months after killing of indigenous leader opposing EcuaCorriente mining project; includes company statement

Guardian (UK)

Tahoe Resources challenges jurisdiction of Canadian Courts to hear claims over alleged injuries to protesters in Guatemala

Canadian Lawyer InHouse

Argentina: Death of 2 boys & rape of woman raise concerns about Bolivian immigrants' living & working conditions in sweatshops

Inter Press Service

Asia & Pacific
Updates on Philippines factory fire:
  • Commentary: Kentex factory fire: "72 workers need not have died"
  • Kentex's lawyer responds to questions about health & safety standards, fire code, labour rights
  • SALIGAN provides legal opinion on health & safety standards in the Philippines
Natl. Human Rights Commission of Thailand confirms human rights abuses at Koh Kong sugar plantation in Cambodia

EarthRights Intl.

Japan: 10 Lessons from Fukushima: Reducing risks and protecting communities from nuclear disasters

Fukushima Booklet Publication Committee

India: Report highlights modern slavery & child labour in granite quarries

India Committee of the Netherlands; Stop Child Labour

  • we invited companies mentioned in the report to respond; Marshalls says it is not sourcing from region
  • we will indicate in a future Update whether other companies respond
Bangladesh: Funds to compensate Rana Plaza victims reach USD 30 million target

Clean Clothes Campaign

Europe & Central Asia
Uzbekistan: Human rights defender reportedly tortured by police after documenting forced labour in cotton fields

Cotton Campaign

Azerbaijan: Worker organization accuses of ASCO Caspian Holdings of illegal termination of employee contracts

Oil Workers' Rights Protection Organization Public Union

  • we invited the company to respond - it did not
Arla Foods dairy company launches human rights policy in line with UN Guiding Principles
Middle East & North Africa
Orange announces it wishes to end brand licence agreement with Partner Communications following criticism of Partner's support of Israeli settlements

Guardian (UK); International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

  • we invited Orange to respond to concerns - response provided
British Museum criticised for loaning artefacts to Abu Dhabi organization accused of abusing worker rights; includes museum spokesperson's comments

Independent (UK)

Company responses Non-responses
Event: "Corporate Action for Climate Justice & Human Rights" (Geneva, 17 Jun)

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre; Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

Other forthcoming events:
  • human rights explained from a business perspective (Copenhagen, 11-12 Jun)
  • HUMAN conference: "Towards Social Impact" (Amsterdam, 16 Jun)
  • side event on corporate accountability across borders (Geneva, 16 Jun)
  • panel on conflict minerals & human rights (New York, 16 Jun)
  • coaching: doing business with respect for children's rights (Köln, 17-18 Jun)
  • meeting on National Action Plans on Business & Human Rights (Paris, 17 Jun)
  • 3rd OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct (Paris, 18-19 Jun)
  • role of indicators & public benchmarks in corporate accountability (Paris, 19 Jun)
Details of these and other events further in the future can be found here.  Please send relevant event information to Alex Janczenia:  
Current vacancies: Further details and other recently posted jobs available here.  Please send job announcements to Alex Janczenia:  
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