Working with everyone to advance human rights in business.
View this email in your browser

Weekly Update - 22 October 2014

Lead Story
NGOs, Cambodian & Thai villagers ask Human Rights Commission of Malaysia to investigate Mega First for Laos dam project

Malay Mail; EarthRights Intl.; Asian Correspondent

Asia & Pacific
Europe & Central Asia
Middle East & North Africa

Oxfam highlights progress made by 10 biggest food companies on social & environmental issues

The Front Line: Kailash Satyarthi, Alejandra Ancheita and protecting human rights defenders

Blog by Phil Bloomer, Executive Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

World Food Day 2014: What are food companies doing to advance human rights?; Food Navigator

  • cites advances by Keurig Green Mountain, Starbucks, Unilever, but Food Tank director says most big companies "put their heads in the sand"
Voting open for top 10 business & human rights issues in 2015 (deadline: 7 Nov)

Institute for Human Rights and Business

Ethiopia: Anywaa Survival Organisation says land grabbing for commercial agriculture continues to fuel violent conflict

"Investing in Africa on its own terms" - comment urges UK companies operating in Africa to "lead the way" on human rights

Cherie Blair, in Al Jazeera

ArcelorMittal donates ambulances & treatment unit to Liberian Govt. to bolster Ebola fight

New Dawn (Liberia)

  • working with AFRICARE to fund training of 150-person Ebola contact tracing team
USA: Rights groups cite intimidation & threats in struggle to unionise Nissan’s Mississippi plant; company denies undermining union organising efforts

Clarion-Ledger (USA)

UNI Global Union files complaint at UN Human Rights Council over violence, threats, intimidation against unionists at security firm Prosegur in Peru & Colombia

USA: Pricing by insurance companies and pharmaceutical firms including Novartis & Sanofi makes cancer drugs unaffordable even to those with insurance - video report with company comments

CBS 60 Minutes (USA)

Asia & Pacific
Cambodia: Displaced villagers bring OECD complaint against ANZ for financing project allegedly linked to forced land confiscation

Equitable Cambodia & Inclusive Development Intl.

  • we invited ANZ to respond; response provided
China: 8 killed & 18 injured in riot over land seizure for logistics centre

Caixin (China)

  • also available in Chinese
So. Korea: Amnesty Intl. report highlights "rampant" abuse of migrant farm workers

China: Report finds property rights violations, harms to farmers' livelihoods in Asia Pulp & Paper's land acquisitions - includes company response

Rights and Resources Initiative, Landesa

Japan: CEO of Takano Yuri Beauty Clinic chain admits to illegal labour practices including pressuring union employees; Tokyo Shimbun

  • summary of case in English by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre; original articles in Japanese only
Europe & Central Asia
Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative has "deep concern" about space for civil society in Azerbaijan, launches "early validation" to review govt.'s membership in initiative

Clare Short, chair of EITI

UK: Human rights groups cautiously welcome Govt. announcement that Modern Slavery Bill will include measures on slavery in global supply chains

CORE Coalition

Middle East & North Africa
Morocco: Fairfood rejoinder calls on Tesco to ensure tomato workers receive living wage
  • we invited Tesco to respond to the rejoinder; response provided
  • see previous responses to the report by Ahold, Sainsbury & Tesco
Company responses
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is recruiting a Mexico, Central America & Caribbean Researcher & Representative

Next week in New York: “Managing Congo’s resource wealth – from plunder to shared prosperity?”

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

  • 31 Oct - free event with Mary Robinson, Emmanuel Umpula Nkumba (AFREWATCH, Dem. Rep. of Congo), representatives of Enough Project, Global Witness, Motorola Solutions, US Govt.
  • video will also be live-streamed
Forthcoming events:
  • seminar on impact of fossil fuel extraction on local communities (London, 23 Oct)
  • discussion on binding instrument proposals on business and human rights (Oxford, 24 Oct)
  • seminar on civil society and people's tribunals (London, 25-26 Oct)
  • conference on fashion industry, sustainability and human rights (London, 27 Oct)
  • "Human Rights and Business Dilemmas Forum" (28 Oct)
  • "Managing Congo's Resource Wealth: From Plunder to Shared Prosperity?" (New York, 31 Oct)
Details of these and other events further in the future can be found here.  Please send relevant event information to Sam Whannel:
Current vacancies Further details and other recently posted jobs available here.  Please send job announcements to Sam Whannel:
Colombia: Comunidades afectadas por petroleras logran acuerdos tras denunciar intimidaciones y represión

Comunidades Campesinas e Indígenas de San Pedro – Arizona; Colprensa (Colombia)

  • Nosotros invitamos a Ecopetrol a responder; la respuesta está disponible
Argentina: Ante incumplimiento de autoridades, organizaciones sociales convocan a consulta popular sobre represas por daños en el territorio

Equipo de Comunicación Mesa Provincial No a las Represas (Argentina)

España: Sindicato denuncia a farmacéutica Chemo por supuesta discriminación de género


España: AXA colabora con Fundación ONCE en la inserción laboral de personas con discapacidad

CompromisoRSE (España)

Argentina: Decisiones judiciales reconocen forma de justicia propia de Mapuches al rechazar proyecto turístico en su territorio

Página 12 (Argentina)

Organizaciones de la sociedad civil cuestionan régimen de inversiones y arbitrajes por ser “gran obstáculo para el desarrollo sustentable” y los derechos humanos

Adital (Brasil)

El Centro de Información sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos (CIEDH) convoca postulaciones para un/a Investigador/a y Representante para México, Centroamérica, y el Caribe
Suisse: La Commission de politique extérieure du Conseil national demande un devoir de diligence en matière des droits humains

Droit sans frontières 

Le Niger approuve le nouvel accord avec Areva - la société civile exige toute la transparence dans sa mise en oeuvre

RFI ; Oxfam France et ROTAB (Niger) 

France : Sodexo et CNP Assurances en tête des entreprises en matière de mixité dans leurs instances dirigeantes, selon une étude


Le Collectif Ethique sur l'étiquette demande aux multinationales de garantir un salaire décent aux ouvriers fabriquant leurs vêtements

Libération ; FashionMag (France)

Peuples Solidaires appelle à l’adoption d’une convention internationale contre les violences sexistes et sexuelles au travail

Peuples Solidaires - ActionAid 

We take no position on views by commentators, organizations & companies in the materials in this email:
Copyright © 2014 Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences