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Weekly Update - 8 July 2015

Lead Story

Réseau des Organisations pour la Transparence et l'Analyse Budgétaire (ROTAB)

  • we invited China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), Somina, Sonichar, Sopamin (owned by Niger Govt.) to respond
  • Somina, Sopamin responses provided; Sonichar did not respond
  • we will indicate next week whether CNPC responds

(Photo credit: ROTAB Publiez Ce Que Vous Payer)
Asia & Pacific
Europe & Central Asia
Middle East & North Africa
From us

Latest news from 1st session of Intergovt. Working Group on a proposed business & human rights treaty Draft programme of 2015 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights now available

Corporate Human Rights Benchmark: Consultation on draft indicators now open 
  • seeking feedback from companies, investors, civil society & policymakers
UN expert commends Chinese govt. for regulatory frameworks on social & environmental impacts of outbound investments, but recommends stronger implementation in line with intl. human rights standards

Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, Independent Expert on foreign debt on human rights

  • includes observations from Beijing visit & recommendations to govt. & companies
Trade unions raise labour & human rights concerns about Glencore’s global operations
  • we invited Glencore to respond; response provided
  • IndustriALL calls for Swiss citizens' support for initiative to hold companies accountable for human rights abuses abroad
Toolkit for addressing security & human rights challenges in complex environments

Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) & Intl. Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Zambia: NGO declaration calls for increased transparency, accountability & action on tax avoidance in mining

Publish What You Pay

Nigerian transparency body urges African Development Bank to "entrench" transparency in resource management, citing poverty linked to a lack thereof

Vanguard (Nigeria)

Kenya: Outgoing Nation Media Group CEO explains how company supported peace initiative during 2008 post-election violence

East African (Kenya)

USA: BP to pay record of USD 18.7 billion in settlement for Gulf of Mexico oil spill claims

Bloomberg Business; Rolling Stone; Financial Times

Panama: Independent complaints mechanisms find Dutch & German development banks failed to adequately assess risks to indigenous rights at Barro Blanco dam

SOMO, Both ENDS, Movimiento 10 de Abril, AIDA, Carbon Market Watch, Urgewald & CIEL

  • we invited KfW-DEG to respond; response provided (in German, with unofficial English translation)
El Salvador: Expansion of SABMiller's bottling plant, supplying Coca-Cola, reportedly threatens locals' access to water

Alianza por la Solidaridad;

  • we invited SABMiller to respond; response provided
Asia & Pacific
China: Shoe factory collapse in Zhejiang kills at least 12 workers & injures 33 others

China Labour Bulletin

Myanmar govt. proposes daily minimum wage of 3.2 USD; unions call for higher pay while some employers say it is unsustainable

Democratic Voice of Burma; Mizzima News; Irrawaddy (Myanmar)

  • also provided: comments by adidas, H&M
Myanmar: Coca-Cola submits new report under US Govt.'s Burma Reporting Requirements; investors call on more companies to submit reports

Financial Times (UK); EIRIS Conflict Risk Network 

  • commentaries on Coca-Cola report from Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business, Global Witness
  • responses to investor letter from Chevron, Caterpillar - Caterpillar says it has not made investments in Myanmar
  • Hilton Worldwide is reviewing the requirements & will provide an update in the coming weeks
Indonesia: Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil finds Golden Agri-Resources failed to respect free, prior & informed consent of indigenous peoples

Environmental Investigation Agency, in Guardian (UK)

  • we invited Golden Agri-Resources to respond - response provided
Bangladesh: Photo report documents poor working & housing conditions at brick factories


Europe & Central Asia
EU Parliament to vote on country-by-country reporting to tackle corporate tax avoidance

Tax Justice Network; Financial Transparency Coalition

UK Govt. accepting written submissions for Natl. Action Plan revision until 31 July
  • latest submission from Peace Brigades Intl. provided
Russia: X5 Retail Group to review work with private security companies after attacks on customers by security guards

Middle East & North Africa
Intl. Trade Union Confederation appeals to FC Barcelona members & fans to end Qatar Airways sponsorship citing labour rights abuses

Bahrain: 25 violations of outdoor summer work ban due to excessive heat recorded in July

Trade Arabia (Bahrain)

From Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
New debate blog series on the binding treaty and its relationship with UN Guiding Principles Blog: "Why competition law shouldn’t stop collaboration on living wage"

Anne Lally, Fair Wear Foundation

Blog: "Time to move from rhetoric to action on business & human rights in Latin America"

Amanda Romero, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Quarterly Bulletin on corporate legal accountability highlights emerging legal threats to human rights defenders
  • new profiles of legal claims of land grabs in Uganda (against Oil Palm Uganda, in Ugandan court) & Cambodia (before Intl. Criminal Court), updates on other cases
  • also available in French, Russian & Spanish
Tip for using our site: Compare company actions on human rights within a specific sector
  • select sector to compare on the left-hand side & click on "View as table"
Company responses Non-responses
Reminder: Online consultation for OHCHR's Accountability and Remedy Project open until 1 Aug

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Business and the protection of human rights defenders (London, 14 Jul)

International Service for Human Rights; Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Other forthcoming events:
  • workshop on human rights & the ICT sector (London, 10 Jul)
  • peacebuilding & business: challenges & ways forward (London, 14 Jul)
  • gathering of public interest law practitioners (Johannesburg, 23-24 Jul)
  • business ethics training for suppliers in China (Guangzhou & Shanghai, 27-31 Jul)
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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