Mazda receives human rights merit award

25 02 2008

Mazda Motor Corp announced Monday that it had been honored with the Human Rights Merit Award by Japan’s Ministry of Justice and the National Federation of Consultative Assemblies of Civil Liberties Commissioners. The award was established in fiscal year 2006 to recognize significant achievements in the field of human rights protection by an individual or […]

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Surprised that Honda ranks so high

25 02 2008

Dear Covalence: I am surprised that Honda ranks so high in your ethical quotation system given that it has recently been caught systematically over reporting horsepower, designing odometers that over report mileage, and had the dealership kickback scandal documented in the book “Arrogance and Accords” which was one of the biggest corporate corruption scandals in […]

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Apple’s free cell phone recycling adds to green efforts

25 02 2008

Apple has recently added free cell phone and iPod recycling to its mix of recycling programs. The program allows anyone to send in any cell phone or iPod to Apple for free recycling. Apple processes all electronics in the US and does not ship them overseas for disposal. The program works by visiting Apple’s iPod […]

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Volkert: The Man Volkswagen Would Forget

25 02 2008

Volkswagen is hoping that it can put a scandal involving sex, bribery and corruption in the rearview mirror following the conviction of Klaus Volkert, the former head of the company’s workers council, on 48 counts of inciting fraud. The 48-year-old Volkert, who was the main representative of Volkswagen’s 300,000 workers, was sentenced on Friday to […]

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Dow Chemical and International Aid Announce Partnership to Address Global Safe Water Crisis

25 02 2008

The Dow Chemical Company and humanitarian healthcare agency International Aid today announced a partnership that will help provide safer and cleaner water around the world. Dow will supply all of the plastic resin required to manufacture 300,000 HydrAid(TM) BioSand Water Filters, a lightweight water purification device currently being distributed by International Aid and its partners […]

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Yahoo pleads for Chinese dissidents

22 02 2008

Yahoo Inc. has urged Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to help secure the release of Chinese dissidents, including two who were jailed after the Web portal gave authorities information about their online activities. Jerry Yang, the Sunnyvale company’s chief executive, sent a letter to Rice Thursday in what is his latest effort to restore Yahoo’s […]

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New Novartis Research Institute first to focus on innovative vaccines for the developing world

22 02 2008

Novartis today announced the opening of a new research institute in Siena with a nonprofit mission to exclusively focus on the development of vaccines for diseases of the developing world. The Novartis Vaccines Institute for Global Health (NVGH) is the first institute of its kind to be set up by a major vaccine manufacturer. The […]

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Lawyers go loco for cocoa

21 02 2008

They may seem sweet, but chocolate companies have left a bitter taste in the mouths of many consumers. A class action lawsuit has been proposed against four major Canadian chocolate companies: Nestlé, Hershey’s, Cadbury and Mars. The Toronto law firm Juroviesky and Ricci LLP allege the major manufacturers have gone against the Competition Act by […]

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Action Plan for Companies to Combat Child Labour

20 02 2008

Dear reader, Please find attached the press release: ”Action Plan for Companies to Combat Child Labour launched in Delhi”. Thanks a lot to those of you who have contributed to the Action Plan. The press release can also be found at: http://www.indianet.nl/pdf/actionplanchildlabour.pdf. In the press release as well as below is a link is to […]

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Nestlé Japan infringes on union leader’s human rights

18 02 2008

At Nestlé Japan, a subsidiary of a Swiss-based multinational food manufacturer, employees in managerial posts are coercing a union leader to quit the company. Kurimura Shin’ichi, the leader of the Nestlé Japan Labor Union which is affiliated to the National Confederation of Trade Unions (Zenroren), returned to work after the Supreme Court in 2006 invalidated […]

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