The economic, social and environmental impact of “Petroleos de Venezuela S.A” (PdVSA) for the Venezuelan society

25 06 2008

Historically, Venezuela has nationalized its hydrocarbon industry in 1975-1976, creating Petroleos de Venezuela S.A (PdVSA), the country’s state-run oil and natural gas company. Along with being Venezuela‘s largest employer, PdVSA accounts for about one-third of the country’s GDP, 50 percent of the government’s revenue and 80 percent of Venezuela’s exports earnings. The policy changed in […]

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Company scores plummet in Greener Electronics Guide

25 06 2008

With expanded and tougher criteria on toxic chemicals, electronic waste and new criteria on climate change only Sony and Sony Ericsson score more than 5/10 in our latest Guide to Greener Electronics. Nintendo and Microsoft remain rooted to the bottom of the Guide. The Greener Electronics Guide is our way of getting the electronics industry […]

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Index sur l’Accà¨s aux Médicaments : Publication des résultats

25 06 2008

L’accès aux médicaments dans les pays en voie de développement est un des grands défis posé actuellement aux entreprises pharmaceutiques. Conscients du problème, Ethos et plusieurs investisseurs institutionnels soutiennent le projet « Index sur l’Accès aux Médicaments ». Cette initiative internationale a pour but de mesurer et de comparer l’approche des différentes entreprises pharmaceutiques en […]

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Activists Protest Olympics Sponsors

23 06 2008

As the Beijing Olympics grow closer, calls for human rights grow louder. On Friday, activists gathered with signs and megaphones to protest Coca-Cola, one of the sponsors of the Beijing Olympics, for failing to address China’s ties with the genocide in Sudan, Darfur.  The protest was held outside the Coca-Cola headquarters on Fifth Ave. in […]

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Coalition of visionary airlines and leading fuel technology innovator join world’s first global algae trade association to advocate for further development as sustainable fuel source

23 06 2008

Leading global air carriers Air New Zealand, Continental, Virgin Atlantic Airways, and biofuel technology developer UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, have announced they will be the first wave of aviation-related members to join the newly formed Algal Biomass Organization (ABO). Together with Boeing, which co-chairs the ABO, the airlines are advocating for the identification and […]

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Bottling Up a Corporate Giant: Victory of a Mass Movement

22 06 2008

Mylamma, the founder of the Coca-Cola Virudha Samara Samiti (Anti Coca-Cola Struggle Committee) in Plachimada, which has spearheaded the campaign against Coca-Cola, is no more with the villagers and sure she is deeply missed by each and every one of them. Medha Patkar of the National Alliance of People’s Movements said about her, “Activists like […]

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Zimbabwe: WPP doing business with Mugabe

21 06 2008

Many of these businesses that are household names around the world have used shell companies, proxies and other means to keep the world from knowing that their activities are propping up one of the world’s most vile and violent dictators. ZimDaily has learnt that Mugabe’s sleek election campaign is being handled by the advertising firm […]

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RDC: AngloGold Ashanti développe ses projets avec les communautés locales

18 06 2008

Dans la zone o๠elle est installée, c’est-à -dire, à  Mongbwalu, situé dans le district de l’Ituri, AngloGold Ashanti fait un travail de vulgarisation progressive. Comme c’est une zone post-conflit, les actions sociales de AG sont réalisées avec le soutien de l’Ong Pact. Le défi levé par AngloGold, est l’ouverture de deux routes depuis 2006 qui […]

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Ruggie Pushes Corporate Human Rights Improvement, Harkin-Engel Pushes End to Child Labor in Cocoa

18 06 2008

Earlier this month, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Human Rights and Business John Ruggie presented his third report to the Human Rights Council. In a significant development, the report sets forth a framework for states protecting against human rights abuses, companies respecting human rights, and victims accessing remedies. It also praises best practice, […]

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Environmental groups condemn Japanese and French banks for financing Sakhalin II oil and gas project in Russia

17 06 2008

Environmental organizations today condemned the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and four private banks’ June 16 decision to provide approximately 5.3 billion dollars in financing for the problematic Sakhalin II oil and gas project in the Russian Far East.[1]  JBIC (the Japan government’s official export credit agency), Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (Japan), Mizuho Corporate […]

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